Bioenergetics: Open Access

Bioenergetics: Open Access
Open Access

ISSN: 2167-7662


James Weifu Lee

James Weifu Lee

Physical Sciences Building 3100, Norfolk, VA 23529

  • Research Article
    Proton-Electrostatics Hypothesis for Localized Proton Coupling Bioenergetics
    Author(s): James Weifu LeeJames Weifu Lee

    According to the proton-electrostatics localization hypothesis presented in this work, protons injected into a thylakoid may be electrostatically localized at the water-membrane interface along the lumenal surface. This hypothesis provides a natural frame work to explain a wide range of experimental observations in the bioenergetics of chloroplast and other biological systems conducted since the 1960s, including the longstanding well-characterized energetic problems of alkalophilic bacteria such as Bacillus firmus. It can also help reconcile the elegant scientific observations of both the Dilley experiment and the Junge neutral-red thylakoid proton detection. Our analysis indicates that the Mitchellian view of delocalized proton coupling to ATP synthase could only be true under special circumstances; namely, when the membrane electrical potential difference is near zero and the bulk p.. Read More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2167-7662.1000104

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