A research team from the Freiburg Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology uncovered the best look at one of the body’s largest enzymes known as Mitochondrial Complex I…It contains four major parts with a function to transmit the energy in the food we eat into mechanical energy by using a proton pump inside our inner power plant.
Interesting news has come out of this research…
“In a laboratory experiment, hydrogen and oxygen gas would react in an explosion and the energy contained would be released as heat. In biological oxidation, the energy will be released by the membrane bound protein complexes of the respiratory chain in a controlled manner in small packages.
“Comparable to a fuel cell, this process generates an electrical membrane potential, which is the driving force of ATP synthesis. The total surface of all mitochondrial membranes in a human body covers about 14.000 square meter. This accounts for a daily production of about 65 kg of ATP.”
The energy produced across that 14 square meters of mitochondrial membrane enables the ATP synthesis to work which keeps all of us and every living thing from bacteria to giraffes – alive! Studying these mechanical devices which there are trillions of in the body that look something like coupling rods has added years to previous research in trying to understand how Mitochondrial Complex I works! Look how science daily compares it to a railway vehicle that provides power to a train…
“The now presented structural model provides important and unexpected insights for the function of complex I. A special type of “transmission element,” which is not known from any other protein, appears to be responsible for the energy transduction within the complex by mechanical nanoscale coupling. Transferred to the technical world, this could be described as a power transmission by a coupling rod, which connects for instance the wheels of a steam train. This new nano-mechanical principle will now be analysed by additional functional studies and a refined structural analysis.”
Great news in learning about the respiratory transport chain in mitochondria which includes coupling rods that act like little locomotives. These locomotives work 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the body. So what was the significance of using evolution to understand this discovery? Darwinian evolution denies designed with intelligence and a purpose in nature. In reality, it had no explanatory power whatsoever, engineering models are being used instead to understand the control principles of this biological phenomenon! So let’s get rid of the storytellers and hire the engineers!