MICROSCOPY Vol.45▶No.4 2010
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Structural Analysis of Gastric Proton Pump by Cryo-Electron Microscopy

Kazuhiro Abe

Abstract: Gastric proton pump, H+,K+-ATPase fulfills the remarkable task to generate very acidic environment (~pH 1) in the stomach lumen, which is indispensable for digestion and also act as first barrier against bacterial and viral infection. On the other hand, too much acid secretion induces acid-related diseases such as peptic ulcer. Therefore, the mechanism by which this massive H+ gradient generated is considerable biochemical interest. In order to address this mechanism, we have shown the three-dimensional structure of H+,K+-ATPase as determined by electron crystallography of two-dimensional crystals, using liquid-helium cooled cryo-electron microscopy. Here we introduce a molecular model for this remarkable biological phenomenon based on the EM structure of H+,K+-ATPase.

Key words: Gastric proton pump, H+,K+-ATPase, cryo-electron microscopy, two-dimensional crystal, membrane proteins