Bioenergetics

Bioenergetics is the branch of biochemistry that focuses on how cells transform energy, often by producing, storing or consuming adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Bioenergetic processes, such as cellular respiration or photosynthesis, are essential to most aspects of cellular metabolism, therefore to life itself.

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  • News & Views |

    Nutrient availability dictates cell differentiation and transition through the Dictyostelium discoideum life cycle. Kelly et al. reveal that the increase in reactive oxygen species associated with nutrient limitation coincides with a sequestration of available cysteine in glutathione, thus limiting sulfur-dependent mitochondrial respiration and promoting aggregation into the differentiated spore form.

    • Nathan P. Ward
    •  & Gina M. DeNicola
    Nature Metabolism 3, 297-298
  • Comments & Opinion |

    As a unit for enzyme activity, the katal is enigmatic but struggles to find widespread acceptance. Soumitra Athavale tells its story.

    • Soumitra V. Athavale
    Nature Physics 16, 704
  • News & Views |

    Characterization of the mutational landscape of tumors is important to understanding disease etiology but does not provide mechanistic insight into the functional role of specific mutations. A new study introduces a statistical mechanical framework that draws on biophysical data from SH2 domain–phosphoprotein interactions to predict the functional effects of mutations in cancer.

    • Andrea Califano
    Nature Genetics 46, 1252-1253