Reconstituted F1-ATPase complexes containing one impaired beta subunit are ATPase-active.


Homogeneous populations of hybrid alpha 3 beta 3 gamma complexes of the thermostable F1-ATPase containing one, two, or three copies of the mutationally impaired beta subunits were produced using the solid phase reconstitution method. Two kinds of mutated beta subunits were used for the reconstitution, one of which lacked the ability to bind any adenine nucleotides. The complexes containing one impaired beta and two wild-type beta subunits retained a significant amount of ATPase activity with cooperative kinetics, whereas those containing two or three impaired beta subunits showed very little ATPase activity. These results imply that the catalysis of steady-state ATP hydrolysis can proceed even if one of the three beta subunits in F1-ATPase is not functional.

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@article{Miwa1989ReconstitutedFC, title={Reconstituted F1-ATPase complexes containing one impaired beta subunit are ATPase-active.}, author={Kiyoshi Miwa and Michihiro Ohtsubo and Kimitoshi Denda and Toru Hisabori and Tomoko Date and Michihiro C. Yoshida}, journal={Journal of biochemistry}, year={1989}, volume={106 4}, pages={679-83} }