An improved crystal structure of C-phycoerythrin from the marine cyanobacterium Phormidium sp. A09DM

Sonani, R. R., Roszak, A. W., de Percin Northumberland, C. O., Madamwar, D. and Cogdell, R. J. (2018) An improved crystal structure of C-phycoerythrin from the marine cyanobacterium Phormidium sp. A09DM. Photosynthesis Research, 135(1-3), pp. 65-78. (doi: 10.1007/s11120-017-0443-2) (PMID:28918447)

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Abstract

C-Phycoerythrin (PE) from Phormidium sp. A09DM has been crystallized using different conditions and its structure determined to atomic resolution (1.14 Å). In order for the pigment present, phycoerythrobilin (PEB), to function as an efficient light-harvesting molecule it must be held rigidly (Kupka and Scheer in Biochim Biophys Acta 1777:94–103, 2008) and, moreover, the different PEB molecules in PE must be arranged, relative to each other, so as to promote efficient energy transfer between them. This improved structure has allowed us to define in great detail the structure of the PEBs and their binding sites. These precise structural details will facilitate theoretical calculations of each PEB’s spectroscopic properties. It was possible, however, to suggest a model for which chromophores contribute to the different regions of absorption spectrum and propose a tentative scheme for energy transfer. We show that some subtle differences in one of these PEB binding sites in two of the 12 subunits are caused by crystal contacts between neighboring hexamers in the crystal lattice. This explains some of the differences seen in previous lower resolution structures determined at two different pH values (Kumar et al. in Photosyn Res 129:17–28, 2016).

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Roszak, Dr Aleksander and Cogdell, Professor Richard
Authors: Sonani, R. R., Roszak, A. W., de Percin Northumberland, C. O., Madamwar, D., and Cogdell, R. J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology
Journal Name:Photosynthesis Research
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0166-8595
ISSN (Online):1573-5079
Published Online:16 September 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Photosynthesis Research 135(1-3): 65-78
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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