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The Alkali Metal Ions: Their Role for Life

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    Chapter 1 Bioinorganic Chemistry of the Alkali Metal Ions
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    Chapter 2 The Alkali Metal Ions: Their Role for Life
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    Chapter 3 The Alkali Metal Ions: Their Role for Life
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    Chapter 4 Discriminating Properties of Alkali Metal Ions Towards the Constituents of Proteins and Nucleic Acids. Conclusions from Gas-Phase and Theoretical Studies
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    Chapter 5 Alkali Metal Ion Complexes with Phosphates, Nucleotides, Amino Acids, and Related Ligands of Biological Relevance. Their Properties in Solution
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    Chapter 6 Sodium and Potassium Interactions with Nucleic Acids
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    Chapter 7 Role of Alkali Metal Ions in G-Quadruplex Nucleic Acid Structure and Stability
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    Chapter 8 Sodium and Potassium Ions in Proteins and Enzyme Catalysis
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    Chapter 9 Roles and Transport of Sodium and Potassium in Plants.
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    Chapter 10 Potassium Versus Sodium Selectivity in Monovalent Ion Channel Selectivity Filters
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    Chapter 11 Sodium as Coupling Cation in Respiratory Energy Conversion
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    Chapter 12 The Alkali Metal Ions: Their Role for Life
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    Chapter 13 Proton-Potassium (H + /K + ) ATPases: Properties and Roles in Health and Diseases
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    Chapter 14 Bioinspired Artificial Sodium and Potassium Ion Channels
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    Chapter 15 The Alkali Metal Ions: Their Role for Life
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    Chapter 16 Sodium and Potassium Relating to Parkinson’s Disease and Traumatic Brain Injury
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Chapter title
Sodium as Coupling Cation in Respiratory Energy Conversion
Chapter number 11
Book title
The Alkali Metal Ions: Their Role for Life
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Metal ions in life sciences, January 2016
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-21756-7_11
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Book ISBNs
978-3-31-921755-0, 978-3-31-921756-7

Günter Fritz, Julia Steuber, Fritz, Günter, Steuber, Julia


Among the alkali cations, Na(+) has an extraordinary role in living cells since it is used to charge the battery of life. To this end, sophisticated protein complexes in biological membranes convert chemical energy obtained from oxidation of NADH, or hydrolysis of ATP, into an electrochemical gradient of sodium ions. Cells use this so-called sodium-motive force stored in energy-converting membranes for important processes like uptake of nutrients, motility, or expulsion of toxic compounds. The Na(+) pumps act in concert with other enzymes embedded in the lipid membrane, and together they form the respiratory chain which achieves the oxidation of NADH derived from nutrients under formation of an electrochemical sodium (or proton) gradient. We explain why Na(+) pumps are important model systems for the homologous, proton-translocating complexes, and hope to convince the reader that studying the Na(+)-translocating ATP synthase from the unimpressive bacterium Ilyobacter tartaricus had a big impact on our understanding of energy conversion by human ATP synthase. The Na(+)-translocating systems described here are either driven by the oxidation of NADH, the carrier of redox equivalents of cells, or by the hydrolysis of adenosine 5'-triphosphate, the universal high-energy compound of cells. The electrochemical energy provided by these respiratory Na(+) pumps, the NADH dehydrogenase or the ATPase, drives other Na(+) transport systems like the bacterial flagellum discussed in the last part of this chapter. The flagellar motor does not represent a Na(+) pump, but like ATPase, it operates by a rotational mechanism. By comparing these two Na(+) -translocating, rotary machines, we obtain new insight into the possible mechanisms of Na(+) transport through the stator proteins of the flagellar motor. Na(+) pumps are widespread in pathogenic bacteria where they play an important role in metabolism, making them novel targets for antibiotics.

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Lecturer > Senior Lecturer 1 33%
Student > Master 1 33%
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Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 33%
Physics and Astronomy 1 33%
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