Hatefi 1962 J Biol Chem-XLII

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Hatefi Y, Haavik AG, Fowler LR, Griffiths DE (1962) Studies on the Electron transfer-pathway XLII. Reconstitution of the Electron transfer-pathway. J Biol Chem 237:2661-9.

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Hatefi Y, Haavik AG, Fowler LR, Griffiths DE (1962) J Biol Chem

Abstract: 1. It has been shown that the Electron transfer-pathway in beef heart mitochondria may be reconstituted either totally or in any desired sequential segment by appropriate combinations of two or more of the four primary complexes that have been isolated in highly purified form in this laboratory.

2. The four enzyme systems that collectively comprise the complete machinery for transfer of electrons from reduced diphosphopyridine nucleotide (DPNH; =NADH) and succinate to oxygen re: I, DPNH-coenzyme Q reductase; II, succinic-coenzyme Q reductase; III, QH2-cytochrome c reductase; and IV, cytochrome c reductase. The specific inhibitors of each complex have been studied.

3. By appropriate combinations of the primary complexes the following secondary activities have been reconstituted: V, DPNH-cytochrome c reductase; VI, succinic-cytochrome c reductase; VII, DPNH, succinic-cytochrome c reductase; VIII, DPNH oxidase; IX, succinic oxidase; and X, DPNH, succinic oxidase activity. The general oxidation-reduction properties of the reconstituted systems, both in the presence and the absence of the usual specific inhibitors of the Electron transfer-pathway, are essentially the same as those found for the same activities in the intact mitochondria and in the integrated particles derived therefrom.

4. The reconstituted activities are quite stable to repeated freezing, thawing, and storage at -2O °C, and for the most part, when once formed, are not dissociated by dilution of the mixture or by centrifugation. The evidence supporting the conclusion that reconstitution necessarily involves a particle-particle interaction is discussed.

Keywords: Electron transfer, DPNH-coenzyme Q reductase, Succinic-coenzyme Q reductase, QH2-cytochrome c reductase, Cytochrome c reductase, Beef heart


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Organism: Bovines  Tissue;cell: Heart  Preparation: Isolated mitochondria  Enzyme: Complex II;succinate dehydrogenase, Complex IV;cytochrome c oxidase  Regulation: Substrate  Coupling state: ET 


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Q-junction

Electron transfer-pathway versus electron transport chain