Characterization of Methanogen Membrane Function.
Annual rept. Apr 86-Jul 87,
ILLINOIS UNIV AT URBANA DEPT OF MICROBIOLOGY
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This research program involves characterization of membrane structure and function in the methanogenic archaebacterium, Methanococcus voltae. The objectives are to characterize the energy transducing cytoplasmic membrane, to delineate the energetics of coenzyme M transport, to genetically dissect the coenzyme M transport system, to characterize sodium pumps, and to initiate studies in membrane molecular biology. The role of the methanogen vanadate-sensitive membrane-associated ATPase in energy transduction is being investigated.