AAT Bioquest

Is ATP a nucleotide?

Posted May 9, 2023


Yes, ATP is a nucleotide. 

A nucleotide is a small molecule made up of a pentose sugar (ribose), a nitrogen base, and one or more phosphate groups.  

ATP is composed of a ribose sugar, a nitrogenous base (adenine), and three serially bonded phosphate groups, hence it is a nucleotide.

Additional resources

Physiology, Adenosine Triphosphate

PhosphoWorks™ Luminometric ATP Assay Kit *DTT-Free*

PhosphoWorks™ Fluorimetric ADP Assay Kit *Red Fluorescence*