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The lateral distance between a proton pump and ATP synthase determines the ATP-synthesis rate
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Experimental Biomolecular Physics.
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2017 (English)In: Scientific Reports, ISSN 2045-2322, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 7, no 1, article id 2926Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We have investigated the effect of lipid composition on interactions between cytochrome bo 3 and ATP-synthase, and the ATP-synthesis activity driven by proton pumping. The two proteins were labeled by fluorescent probes and co-reconstituted in large (d ≅ 100 nm) or giant (d ≅ 10 μm) unilamellar lipid vesicles. Interactions were investigated using fluorescence correlation/cross-correlation spectroscopy and the activity was determined by measuring ATP production, driven by electron-proton transfer, as a function of time. We found that conditions that promoted direct interactions between the two proteins in the membrane (higher fraction DOPC lipids or labeling by hydrophobic molecules) correlated with an increased activity. These data indicate that the ATP-synthesis rate increases with decreasing distance between cytochrome bo 3 and the ATP-synthase, and involves proton transfer along the membrane surface. The maximum distance for lateral proton transfer along the surface was found to be ∼80 nm.

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Nature Publishing Group, 2017. Vol. 7, no 1, article id 2926
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-209856DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-02836-4ISI: 000402879200011Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85020432705OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-209856DiVA, id: diva2:1115920
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Knut and Alice Wallenberg FoundationSwedish Research Council
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QC 20170627

Available from: 2017-06-27 Created: 2017-06-27 Last updated: 2019-04-04Bibliographically approved
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1. Super resolution fluorescence imaging: analyses, simulations and applications
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2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Fluorescence methods offer extraordinary sensitivity and specificity, and are extensively used in the life sciences. In recent years, super resolution fluorescence imaging techniques have developed strongly, uniquely combining ~10 nm sub diffraction resolution and specific labeling with high efficiency. This thesis explores this potential, with a major focus on Stimulated Emission Depletion, STED, microscopy, applications thereof, image analyses and simulation studies. An additional theme in this thesis is development and use of single molecule fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, FCS, and related techniques, as tools to study dynamic processes at the molecular level. In paper I the proteins cytochrome-bo3 and ATP-synthase are studied with fluorescence cross-correlation spectroscopy, FCCS. These two proteins are a part of the energy conversion process in E. coli, converting ADP into ATP. We found that an increased interaction between these proteins, detected by FCCS, correlates with an increase in the ATP production. In paper II an FCS-based imaging method is developed, capable to determine absolute sizes of objects, smaller than the resolution limit of the microscope used. Combined with STED, this may open for studies of membrane nano-domains, such as those investigated by simulations in paper VII. In paper III and paper IV super resolution STED imaging was applied on Streptococcus Pneumoniae, revealing information about function and distribution of proteins involved in the defense mechanism of the bacteria, as well as their role in bacterial meningitis. In paper V, we used STED imaging to investigate protein distributions in platelets. We then found that the adhesion protein P-selectin changes its distribution pattern in platelets incubated with tumor cells, and with machine learning algorithms and classical image analysis of the STED images it is possible to automatically distinguish such platelets from platelets activated by other means. This could provide a strategy for minimally invasive diagnostics of early cancer development, and deeper understanding of the role of platelets in cancer development. Finally, this thesis presents Monte-Carlo simulations of biological processes and their monitoring by FCS. In paper VI, a combination of FCCS and simulations was applied to resolve the interactions between a transcription factor (p53) and an oncoprotein (MDM2) inside live cells. In paper VII, the feasibility of FCS techniques for studying nano-domains in membranes is investigated purely by simulations, identifying the conditions under which such nano-domains would be possible to detect by FCS. In paper VIII, proton exchange dynamics at biological membranes were simulated in a model, verifying experimental FCS data and identifying fundamental mechanisms by which membranes mediate proton exchange on a local (~10nm) scale.

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KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2019. p. 81
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TRITA-SCI-FOU ; 2019:20
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Physics
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-248297 (URN)978-91-7873-171-8 (ISBN)
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2019-04-26, FA32, KTH, Roslagstullsbacken 21, Stockholm, 18:22 (English)
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QC 20190405

Available from: 2019-04-05 Created: 2019-04-04 Last updated: 2019-04-05Bibliographically approved

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