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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1985 May 31;807(3):238-44.

Inhibition of Escherichia coli H+-ATPase by venturicidin, oligomycin and ossamycin.


The antibiotics venturicidin, oligomycin and ossamycin were investigated as potential inhibitors of the Escherichia coli H+-ATPase. It was found that venturicidin strongly inhibited ATP-driven proton transport and ATP hydrolysis, while oligomycin weakly inhibited these functions. Inhibition of the H+-ATPase by venturicidin and oligomycin was correlated with inhibition of F0-mediate proton transport. Both inhibitors were found to interfere with the covalent reaction between dicyclohexyl[14C]carbodiimide and the F0 subunit c (uncE protein). Ossamycin had no direct inhibitory effect on E. coli F0 or F1; rather, it was found to uncouple ATP hydrolysis from proton transport.

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