TCBG Seminar

"Electron cryomicroscopy of rotary ATPases"

Professor John L. Rubinstein
Molecular Structure and Function Program/Medical Biophysics
The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute/University of Toronto
Toronto, ONT, Canada

Monday, December 8, 2014
3:00 pm (CT)
3269 Beckman Institute


Ion-translocating rotary ATPases serve either as adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthases, using energy from a transmembrane ion motive force to create the cell’s supply of ATP, or as transmembrane ion pumps that are powered by ATP hydrolysis. The members of this family of enzymes each contain two rotary motors: one that couples ion translocation to rotation and one that couples rotation to ATP synthesis or hydrolysis. Our group uses electron cryomicroscopy (cryo-EM) of single protein particles to study the structures of rotary ATPases. We also work to develop new methods for cryo-EM to facilitate these studies. The structures that we have obtained have illuminated several aspects of how structure relates to function in these remarkable molecular motors and how proteins, such as bacterial effectors, can modulate this function.

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