The Journal of Membrane Biology

, Volume 45, Issue 1–2, pp 37–42 | Cite as

A model for proton translocation in biomembranes based on keto-enol shifts in hydrogen bonded peptide groups

  • Celik Kayalar


A mechanism is proposed for the translocation of protons through the hydrogen bonded peptide groups of a protein by means of keto-enol tautomerization. The model is discussed in relation to energy coupling in biomembranes.


Hydrogen Peptide Human Physiology Energy Coupling Peptide Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Celik Kayalar
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridge

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