Oligomycins are macrolides created by Streptomyces that can be poisonous to other organisms.

Oligomycin A
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Other names
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.014.334
EC Number
  • 215-767-9
MeSH Oligomycins
RTECS number
  • RK3325000
Molar mass 791.062 g/mol
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They have use as antibiotics.

Oligomycin A is an inhibitor of ATP synthase. In oxidative phosphorylation research, it is used to prevent state 3 (phosphorylating) respiration. Oligomycin A inhibits ATP synthase by blocking its proton channel (Fo subunit), which is necessary for oxidative phosphorylation of ADP to ATP (energy production). The inhibition of ATP synthesis by oligomycin A will significantly reduce electron flow through the electron transport chain; however, electron flow is not stopped completely due to a process known as proton leak or mitochondrial uncoupling.[1] This process is due to facilitated diffusion of protons into the mitochondrial matrix through an uncoupling protein such as thermogenin, or UCP1.

Administering oligomycin to an individual can result in very high levels of lactate accumulating in the blood and urine.

  R1 R2 R3 R4 R5
Oligomycin A CH3 H OH H,H CH3
Oligomycin B CH3 H OH O CH3
Oligomycin C CH3 H H H,H CH3
Oligomycin D
(Rutamycin A)
Oligomycin E CH3 OH OH O CH3
Oligomycin F CH3 H OH H,H CH2CH3
Rutamycin B H H H H,H CH3
44-Homooligomycin A CH2CH3 H OH H,H CH3
44-Homooligomycin B CH2CH3 H OH O CH3


  1. Jastroch M, Divakaruni AS, Mookerjee S, Treberg JR, Brand MD (2010). "Mitochondrial proton and electron leaks". Essays in biochemistry. 47 (1): 53–67. doi:10.1042/bse0470053. PMC 3122475. PMID 20533900.
  2. Nakata, Masaya; Ishiyama, Takashi; Akamatsu, Shinichi; Hirose, Youichi; Maruoka, Hiroshi; Suzuki, Rika; Tatsuta, Kuniaki (1995). "Synthetic studies on oligomycins. Synthesis of the oligomycin B spiroketal and polypropionate portions". Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan. 68 (3): 967–89. doi:10.1246/bcsj.68.967.
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