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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1980 Dec 3;593(2):204-11.

The number and localisation of adenine nucleotide-binding sites in beef-heart mitochondrial ATPase (F1) determined by photolabelling with 8-azido-ATP and 8-azido-ADP.


1. When irradiated 8-azido-ATP becomes covalently bound (as the nitreno compound) to beef-heart mitochondrial ATPase (F1) as the triphosphate, either in the absence or presence of Mg2+, label covalently bound is not hydrolysed. 2. In the presence of Mg2+ the nitreno-ATP is bound to both the alpha and beta subunits, mainly (63%) to the alpha subunits. 3. After successive photolabelling of F1 with 8-azido-ATP (no Mg2+) and 8-azido-ADP (with Mg2+) 4 mol label is bound to F1, 2 mol to the alpha and 2 mol to the beta subunits. 4. When the order of photolabelling is reversed, much less 8-nitreno-ATP is bound to F1 previously labelled with 8-nitreno-ADP. It is concluded that binding to the alpha-subunits hinders binding to the beta subunits. 5. F1 that has been photolabelled with up to 4 mol label still contains 2 mol firmly bound adenine nucleotides per mol F1. 6. It is concluded that at least 6 sites for adenine nucleotides are present in isolated F1.

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