Membrane phospholipids as an energy source in the operation of the visual cycle.

@article{Rando1991MembranePA,
  title={Membrane phospholipids as an energy source in the operation of the visual cycle.},
  author={Robert R. Rando},
  journal={Biochemistry},
  year={1991},
  volume={30 3},
  pages={595-602}
}
Biology depends on the coupling of the free energy of hydrolysis of phosphate esters, such as ATP, to drive processes which would otherwise be thermodynamically unfavorable. Carboxyl esters are like phosphate esters in their ability to hydrolyze with substantial negative free energies, enabling them to participate in group transfer processes as well. In particular, membrane phospholipids constitute an enormous store of potential energy that could be used to fuel energetically unfavorable… CONTINUE READING

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