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Biophys J. 1995 May;68(5):1681-6.

Imaging purple membranes in aqueous solutions at sub-nanometer resolution by atomic force microscopy.

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M. E. Müller-Institute for Microscopic Structural Biology, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland.

Abstract

Purple membranes adsorbed to mica were imaged in buffer solution using the atomic force microscope. The hexagonal diffraction patterns of topographs from the cytoplasmic and the extracellular surface showed a resolution of 0.7 and 1.2 nm, respectively. On the cytoplasmic surface, individual bacteriorhodopsin molecules consistently exhibited a distinct substructure. Depending on the pH value of the buffer solution, the height of the purple membranes decreased from 5.6 nm (pH 10.5) to 5.1 nm (pH 4). The results are discussed with respect to the structure determined by cryo-electron microscopy.

PMID:
7612811
PMCID:
PMC1282071
DOI:
10.1016/S0006-3495(95)80345-0
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