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Offline The Latinist

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ATP Synthase is Awesome
« on: February 02, 2019, 04:47:43 PM »
I don't know whether the knowledge is newer than my high school biology class or whether it was just dumbed down beyond belief by my biology text book, but somehow I never learned about the absolute awesomeness that is ATP Synthase.  It's a molecular motor with a turbine powered by the flow of hydrogen ions, and a rotating shaft that that drives a cam that physically squeezes together, through conformational changes in enzymes, an ADP molecule and a phosphate ion so that they can bond.

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My mind is totally blown.

(By the way, if you want to know how your mitochondria end up with so many hydrogen ions outside the membrane, look into the Electron Transport Chain.  Also very cool, but not as mind-blowing for me as ATP Synthase.
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