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Interchangeability of Phosphorylation Coupling Factors in Photosynthetic and Respiratory Energy Conversion

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Science  29 Oct 1971:
Vol. 174, Issue 4008, pp. 514-516
DOI: 10.1126/science.174.4008.514

Abstract

The nonsulfur purple photosynthetic bacterium Rhodopseudomonas capsulata can obtain energy for growth either by anaerobic photophosphorylation or dark oxidative (aerobic) phosphorylation. Successful resolution of phosphorylation coupling factors from energy-converting membranes of this bacterium permitted tests for reciprocal function of such protein factors in oxidative-and photophosphorylation processes. Evidence was obtained for the interchangeability of coupling factor preparations from dark-grown and photosynthetically grown cells in both kinds of energy conversion.

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