ATP hydrolysis cycles and mechanism in P-glycoprotein and CFTR. Academic Article uri icon


  • P-glycoprotein and CFTR are prominent members of the ABC Transporter family. Both use ATP, the former to drive extrusion of drugs from cells and confer multidrug-resistance, the latter to drive opening and closing of anion channels. We compare current working models of catalytic cycle and mechanism of the two proteins. In Pgp the NBDs appear functionally equivalent, in CFTR they appear functionally distinct. In both proteins, ATP hydrolysis occurs in both NBDs, and it is proposed that the two NBDs alternate in catalysis. Other differences and similarities are noted, fostering ideas for future developments.

publication date

  • June 1997