Proton extrusion during ferricyanide reduction by NADH-generating substrates or succinate was studied in isolated rat liver mitochondria with the use of optical indicators. NN'-Dicyclohexylcarbodi-imide (DCCD) caused a decrease of 84% in the H+/e- ratio of NADH:cytochrome c reduction, but a decrease of only 49% in that of succinate:cytochrome c reduction, even though electron transfer was decreased equally in both spans. The data indicate that a DCCD-sensitive channel operates in the NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase region of the respiratory chain.

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