pH-Dependence of The Maximal Velocity of Cytochrome c Oxidase: Relation to Proton Translocation and Respiratory Control

  • Linda C. Gregory
  • Shelagh Ferguson-Miller


Cytochrome c oxidase is an enzyme of the mitochondrial respiratory chain that catalyzes the transfer of electrons from cytochrome c to oxygen and couples the redox events to proton translocation across the inner membrane, thereby contributing to the formation of an electrochemical proton gradient. The mammalian enzyme is composed of 12-13 nonidentical subunits (1, 2) and contains at least four metal prosthetic groups. This level of complexity has made it difficult to determine what structural features are directly involved in the proton transfer process, or in other aspects of oxidase function.


Cytochrome Oxidase Respiratory Control Methylene Bisacrylamide Respiratory Control Ratio Beef Heart 
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Carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone


N, N’ -dicyclohexylcarbodiimide


ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid

H+ / e-

ratio of protons translocated per electron transferred by cytochrome oxidase


4-(2-hydroxyethyl)-1-piperazineethanesulfonic acid


2(N-morpholino)ethanesulfonic acid


respiratory control ratio


sodium dodecyl sulfate Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis


N,N,N’,N’ tetramethyl-p-phenylenediamine


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda C. Gregory
    • 1
  • Shelagh Ferguson-Miller
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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