Rotation of the γ subunit in F1-ATPase; Evidence that ATP synthase is a rotary motor enzyme

Ryohei Yasuda, Hiroyuki Noji, Kazuhiko Kinosita, Fumihiro Motojima, Masasuke Yoshida

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ATP-dependent, azide-sensitive rotation of the γ subunit relative to the α3β3 hexagonal ring of ATP synthase was observed with a single molecule imaging system. Thus, ATP synthase is a rotary motor enzyme, the first ever found.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-209
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes



  • ATP synthase
  • F-ATPase
  • Loose coupling
  • Rotary motor
  • Single molecule imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cell Biology

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