Structure of Cytochrome c Oxidase

  • R. A. Capaldi
  • L. Prochaska
  • R. Bisson


Cytochrome c oxidase or cytochrome c : oxygen oxidoreductase (CH is the terminal oxidase in respiratory metabolism of all aerobic organisms and is responsible for catalyzing the reduction of dioxygen to water in the reaction:
$$ 4{H^ + } + 4{e^ - } + {O_2} \rightleftarrows 2{H_2}O $$
The electrons for this reaction are provided by reduced cytochrome c: the free energy developed is used to promote oxidative phosphorylation and in consequence becomes available to the cell as ATP.


Cytochrome Oxidase Copper Atom Intact Mitochondrion Beef Heart Photoaffinity Label 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. A. Capaldi
    • 1
  • L. Prochaska
    • 1
  • R. Bisson
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Molecular BiologyUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA

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