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Electron Carriers: Proteins and Cofactors in Oxidative Phosphorylation

  1. Klaus-Heinrich Roehm

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001373

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Roehm, K.-H. 2001. Electron Carriers: Proteins and Cofactors in Oxidative Phosphorylation. eLS. .

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  1. Philipps University, Marburg, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001

Abstract

Biological electron transfer is mediated by a heterogeneous group of redox cofactors. Most of these compounds are firmly bound by proteins, others migrate freely within membranes, and some are soluble. The orderly flow of electrons through chains of such cofactors is fundamental to the generation of metabolic energy.

Keywords:

  • redox cofactors;
  • electron transfer;
  • oxidative phosphorylation