F1 ATPase

PDB file 1BMF

This structure of bovine mitochondrial F1 ATPase with bound nucleotides was solved by J. P. Abrahams, A. G. W. Leslie, R. Lutter, & J. E. Walker in 1996.

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Protein: Display as ribbons and color chain to give each subunit a different color.
Rotate to view the complex looking at the ring of a & b subunits, along the axis of the g subunit helixes, and then with the g subunit "shaft" parallel to the screen.
Note how the bent helical loop of g extends up into the ring of a & b subunits.
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Identify the three catalytic b subunits by their variation in bound nucleotides.


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Crystallographic data are consistent with a role of an a-subunit arginine side-chain in adjusting the position of the substrate/product water molecule at each b-subunit active site depending on the presence or absence of the terminal phosphate of ATP.
Question: Is the location of each active site within the b-subunit consistent with such a role of the adjacent a subunit?

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