ATPases: Ion‐motive


Ion motive ATPases allow ion(s) to accumulate on one side of a biological membrane at the expense of ATP hydrolysis. In this way active transport across biological membranes is mediated.

Keywords: active transport; ion; ATP hydrolysis; pump structure; mechanism

Figure 1.

Ca2+ ATPase tertiary structure prediction, redrawn from Green and Stokes . Note the phosphorylation site (D, aspartate) and the nucleotide site (K, lysine)

Figure 2.

Ca2+ ATPase shape, redrawn from Toyoshima et al..

Figure 5.

V‐ATPase motor, redrawn from Boekema et al. . ATP hydrolysis in V1 headpiece induces rotation of the V1 stalk which in turn induces rotation of the V0 rotor. This mechanical energy is used for H+ translocation.

Figure 3.

E1/E2 model for ion transport.

Figure 4.

Function of Na+/K+ ATPase.



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Guillain, Florent, and Mintz, Elisabeth(Apr 2001) ATPases: Ion‐motive. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0000678]