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Elliott & Elliott: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 4e

Chapter 12

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Schatz, G. (2007). The Magic Garden. Annu. Rev. Biochem., 76, 673-678 [DOI: 10.1146/annurev.biochem.76.060806.091141].
A highly readable personal review of mitochondrial function and assembly and how the field has developed.

Electron transport chain

Slater, E. C. (1983). The Q cycle, an ubiquitous mechanism of electron transport. Trends Biochem. Sci., 8, 239-42 [DOI: 10.1016/0968-0004(83)90348-1].
Describes the proton-pumping system present in both mitochondria and chloroplast.

Cecchini, G. (2003). Function and structure of Complex II of the respiratory chain. Annu. Rev. Biochem., 72, 77-109 [DOI: 10.1146/annurev.biochem.72.121801.161700].
A research-level review

ATP synthase

Abrahams, J. P., Leslie, A. G. W., Lutter, R., and Walker, J. E. (1994). Structure at 2.8 ? resolution of F1ATPase from bovine heart mitochondria. Nature, 370, 621-8 [DOI: 10.1038/370621a0] [PubMed: 8065448].
The classical paper giving the three-dimensional structure determination.

Noji, H., Yasuda, R., Yoshida, M., and Kinosita, K. (1997). Direct observation of the rotation of F1ATPase. Nature, 386, 299-302 [DOI: 10.1038/386299a0] [PubMed: 9069291].
A seminal article demonstrating physical rotation of the central subunit of the enzyme.

Boyer, P. D. (1999). What makes ATP synthase spin? Nature, 402, 247-9 [DOI: 10.1038/46193] [PubMed: 10580491].
A News and Views article summarizing in a succinct way the rotary mechanism of the enzyme. It relates to the research article below.

Rastogi, V. K. and Girvin M. E. (1999). Structural changes linked to proton translocation by subunit C of the ATP synthase. Nature, 402, 263-8 [DOI: 10.1038/46224] [PubMed: 10580496].
Proposes a mechanism based on structural work by which proton flow through the F0 may produce rotation.

Hutcheon, M. L., Duncan, T. M., Ngai, H., and Cross, R. L. (2001). Energy-driven subunit rotation at the interface between subunit α and the c oligomer in the F0 sector of E. coli ATP synthase. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 98, 8519-24 [DOI: 10.1073/pnas.151236798] [PubMed: 11438702].

Capaldi, R. A. and Aggeler, R. (2002). Mechanism of the F1F0-type ATP synthase, a biological rotary motor. Trends Biochem. Sci., 27,154-60 [DOI: 10.1016/S0968-0004(01)02051-5]. Review on the function of the rotary motor from structural, genetic, and biophysical studies.

Boyer, P. D. (2002). Reflections; A research journey with ATP synthase. J. Biol. Chem., 277, 39045-61 [DOI: 10.1074/jbc.X200001200].
A long, but easily readable account of the Nobel Prize winner?s research career, leading to elucidation of the ATP synthase mechanism.

Mitochondrial genetics and ageing

Nagley, P. and Wei, Y.-H. (1998). Ageing and mammalian mitochondrial genetics. Trends Genet., 14, 513-17 [DOI: 10.1016/S0168-9525(98)01580-7].
An account of mitochondrial mutations and their possible relationship to ageing.