Synthase (H+ ATPase): Coupling between catalysis, mechanical work, and proton translocation

Masamitsu Futai, Hiroshi Omote, Yoshihiro Sambongi, Yoh Wada

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Coupling with electrochemical proton gradient, ATP synthase (F0F1) synthesizes ATP from ADP and phosphate. Mutational studies on high-resolution structure have been useful in understanding this complicated membrane enzyme. We discuss mainly the mechanism of catalysis in the β subunit of F1 sector and roles of the γ subunit in energy coupling. The γ-subunit rotation during catalysis is also discussed. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-288
Number of pages13
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Bioenergetics
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - May 31 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • ATP synthesis
  • Catalytic site
  • FF
  • H ATPase
  • Proton transport
  • Rotational catalysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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