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Studies with Triton X-100 treated electron transport particles from Rhodospirillum rubrum


The effects of Triton X-100 on the membranal fraction containing the electron transport system in R. rubrum were studied.

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    The NADH oxidase system is very sensitive to treatment with Triton X-100. An inactivation of 50% is already found with a detergent/membrane protein ratio of 0.012(w/w).

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    NADH-cytochrome c-reductase also becomes very rapidly inactivated.

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    The activity of succinate-cytochrome c-reductase is stimulated by low and inactivated by higher concentrations of Triton X-100. The increase in activity is appr. 200%.

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    NADH dehydrogenase with menadione as electron acceptor is partly inactivated by low concentrations of Triton. Higher concentrations of the detergent will again lead to a stimulation of the activity. In the presence of these higher detergent concentrations the kinetics of the reaction of the enzyme are altered, i.e. an increase of up to 300% of the reaction rate is found during assay. The low initial rate is slowly increased with the time the samples containing Triton are kept at 0° C. Elevated temperatures (20° C) or dilution of the sample prior to assay will cause the initial rate to rise immediately.

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    Succinate dehydrogenase, NADH dehydrogenase with DCPIP, ferricyanide and also the activity with menadione are very stable against treatment with Triton. A detergent/membrane protein ratio of 12.5 will result in only slight inactivation of these activities.

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Boll, M. Studies with Triton X-100 treated electron transport particles from Rhodospirillum rubrum . Archiv. Mikrobiol. 71, 1–8 (1970).

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  • NADH
  • Ferricyanide
  • Succinate Dehydrogenase
  • Menadione
  • NADH Dehydrogenase