Number of free protons in the cytosol of a single cell (volume 48µm^3) at a pH of 7

Value 3000 Protons
Organism Budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Reference Orij R, Brul S, Smits GJ. Intracellular pH is a tightly controlled signal in yeast. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2011 Mar 21 1st page left columnPubMed ID21421024
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Method There are 10^-7mol protons in a liter, i.e. in 10^15µm^3. Calculating amount in 48µm^3: 48µm^3×10^-7mol/10^15µm^3=48×10^-22mole protons. Multiply by Avogadro's number: 48×10^-22mole×6×10^-23protons/mole=2880protons
Entered by Uri M
ID 106510