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Identification of an ATP/ADP carrier in the Arabidopsis chloroplast thylakoid membrane. Heterologous expression and functional characterization.
Linköping University, Department of Biomedicine and Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
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2006 (English)Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-14185OAI: diva2:22837
Available from: 2007-01-15 Created: 2007-01-15 Last updated: 2010-04-29
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1. Nucleotide-binding Proteins in the Plant Thylakoid Membrane
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nucleotide-binding Proteins in the Plant Thylakoid Membrane
2006 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Life on Earth is dependent on the oxygen produced through photosynthesis. The thylakoid membrane is the site for the light-driven reactions of photosynthesis, which oxidize water and supply energy in the form of ATP, mainly for carbon fixation. The utilization of ATP in the lumenal space of the thylakoid has not been considered in the past. In the latest years, increasing evidence for nucleotide metabolism in the thylakoid lumen of plant chloroplasts has been presented; ATP transport across the thylakoid membrane, and GTP binding to the PsbO extrinsic subunit of the water-oxidizing photosystem II (PSII) complex.

In this thesis, various methods for prediction, identification, and characterization of novel plant proteins, are described. Nucleotide-binding motifs and nucleotide-dependent processes are reviewed, and the experimental data is discussed. 1) A thylakoid ATP/ADP carrier (TAAC) in Arabidopsis thaliana was identified and functionally characterized, and 2) the spinach PsbO protein was characterized as a GTPase. The Arabidopsis At5g01500 gene product is predicted as a chloroplast protein and to be homologous to the well-studied mitochondrial ADP/ATP carrier. The putative chloroplast localization was confirmed by transient expression of a TAAC-green fluorescent protein fusion construct. Immuno detection with peptide-targeted antibodies and immunogold electron microscopy showed the thylakoid as the main localization of TAAC, with a minor fraction in the chloroplast envelope. TAAC is readily expressed in etiolated seedlings, and its level remains stable throughout the greening process. Its expression is highest in developing green tissues and in leaves undergoing senescence or abiotic stress. It is proposed that the TAAC protein supplies ATP for energy-dependent reactions during thylakoid biogenesis and turnover. Recombinant TAAC protein was functionally integrated in the cytoplasmic membrane of Escherichia coli, and was shown to specifically transport ATP/ADP in a protonophore-sensitive manner, as also reported for mitochondrial AACs.

The PsbO protein stabilizes the oxygen-evolving complex of PSII and is ubiquitous in all oxygenic photosynthetic organisms, including cyanobacteria, green algae, and plants. So far only the 3D-structure of the cyanobacterial PsbO is available. Four GTP-binding motifs in the primary structure of spinach PsbO were predicted from comparison with classic GTP-binding proteins. These motifs were only found in the plant PsbOs, in the -barrel domain of the homologous 3D-structure. Using circular dichroism and intrinsic fluorescence spectroscopy, it was shown that MgGTP induces specific structural changes in the PsbO protein. Spinach PsbO has a low intrinsic GTPase activity, which is considerably stimulated when associated with a dimeric PSII complex. GTP stimulates the dissociation of PsbO from PSII under both inhibitory and non-inhibitory light conditions. A role for PsbO as a GTPase in the function of the oxygen-evolving complex and PSII repair is proposed.

35 p.
Linköping Studies in Health Sciences. Thesis, ISSN 1100-6013 ; 79
plant, Arabidopsis, photosynthesis, thylakoid membrane, nucleotide-binding
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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-7934 (URN)91-85643-03-3 (ISBN)
2007-01-26, Linden, Health University, entry 65, Linköpings University, Linköping, 13:00 (English)
Available from: 2007-01-15 Created: 2007-01-15 Last updated: 2009-03-10

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