Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes

, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 265–272 | Cite as

Relationship between rates of respiratory proton extrusion and ATP synthesis in obligately alkaliphilic Bacillus clarkii DSM 8720T

  • Toshikazu Hirabayashi
  • Toshitaka Goto
  • Hajime Morimoto
  • Kazuaki Yoshimune
  • Hidetoshi Matsuyama
  • Isao Yumoto


To elucidate the energy production mechanism of alkaliphiles, the relationship between the rate of proton extrusion via the respiratory chain and the corresponding ATP synthesis rate was examined in obligately alkaliphilic Bacillus clarkii DSM 8720T and neutralophilic Bacillus subtilis IAM 1026. The oxygen consumption rate of B. subtilis IAM 1026 cells at pH 7 was approximately 2.5 times higher than that of B. clarkii DSM 8720T cells at pH 10. The H+/O ratio of B. clarkii DSM 8720T cells was approximately 1.8 times higher than that of B. subtilis IAM 1026 cells. On the basis of oxygen consumption rate and H+/O ratio, the rate of proton translocation via the respiratory chain in B. subtilis IAM 1026 is expected to be approximately 1.4 times higher than that in B. clarkii DSM 8720T. Conversely, the rate of ATP synthesis in B. clarkii DSM 8720T at pH 10 was approximately 7.5 times higher than that in B. subtilis IAM 1026 at pH 7. It can be predicted that the difference in rate of ATP synthesis is due to the effect of transmembrane electrical potential (Δψ) on protons translocated via the respiratory chain. The Δψ values of B. clarkii DSM 8720T and B. subtilis IAM 1026 were estimated as −192 mV (pH 10) and −122 mV (pH 7), respectively. It is considered that the discrepancy between the rates of proton translocation and ATP synthesis between the strains used in this study is due to the difference in ATP production efficiency per translocated proton between the two strains caused by the difference in Δψ.


Alkaliphilic Respiration Membrane electrical potential Bacillus clarkii Bacillus subtilis Proton translocation ATP synthesis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Toshikazu Hirabayashi
    • 1
  • Toshitaka Goto
    • 2
  • Hajime Morimoto
    • 1
  • Kazuaki Yoshimune
    • 3
    • 4
  • Hidetoshi Matsuyama
    • 1
  • Isao Yumoto
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Bioscience and Technology, School of Biological Science and EngineeringTokai UniversitySapporoJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of AgricultureHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan
  3. 3.Bioproduction Research InstituteNational Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)SapporoJapan
  4. 4.Department of Applied Molecular Chemistry, College of Industrial TechnologyNihon UniversityNarashinoJapan

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