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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1975 Jan 31;376(1):42-62.

Redox properties of beta-type cytochromes in Escherichia coli and rat liver mitochondria and techniques for their analysis.


We describe here apparatus and procedures for conducting potentiometric titrations and for analyzing the collected data in terms of the number of components present, their amounts and their midpoint potentials. Using these procedures we have determined the presence of three forms of cytochrome b1 in Escherichia coli with midpoint potentials at pH 7.1 OF about minus 50, plus 110 and plus 220 mV. We were not able to demonstrate a change in any of these potentials by the addition of phosphate, ATP, or 2, 4-dinitrophenol. We have been able to confirm the presence of two forms of cytochrome b in non-energized mitochondria and the apparent conversion of the low-potential component to a new high potential component upon energization of the mitochondria. However we cite further experimental data that question the actual conversion of one form of cytochrome b to another. An alternative interpretation based on our analysis suggests that the high voltage component may be present in a masked form in the non-energized mitochondria.

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