The aerobic respiratory chain of Escherichia coli contains two terminal oxidases, the cytochrome d complex and the cytochrome o complex. Each of these enzymes catalyzes the oxidation of ubiquinol-8 within the cytoplasmic membrane and reduces molecular oxygen. The purpose of this work is to experimentally verify that each of the terminal oxidases yields water as a product with no significant amount of hydrogen peroxide. This was accomplished by preparing membranes which were washed so as to eliminate membrane-associated catalase and peroxidase activities. The NADH oxidase activity of the membrane-bound respiratory chain was measured by monitoring the rates of both NADH and oxygen utilization. This was performed using membranes from strains in which either cytochrome o or cytochrome d were absent. Results using each strain showed two NADH utilized per oxygen, indicating a four-electron reduction of oxygen to water.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Aug 30 1988|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology