Evidence of monomeric photosystem I complexes and phosphorylation of chlorophyll a/c-binding polypeptides in Chroomonas sp. strain LT (Cryptophyceae)


  • Julia Janssen Geomicrobiology, ICBM, Carl-von-Ossietzky-University of Oldenburg
  • Erhard Rhiel Geomicrobiology, ICBM, Carl-von-Ossietzky-University of Oldenburg


Thylakoid membranes of the cryptophyte Chroomonas sp. strain LT were solubilized with dodecyl-beta-maltoside and subjected to sucrose density gradient centrifugation. The four pigment protein complexes obtained were subsequently characterized by absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy, SDS-PAGE, and Western immunoblotting using antisera against the chlorophyll a/c-binding proteins of the marine cryptophyte Cryptomonas maculata and the reaction-center protein D2 of photosystem II of maize. Band 1 consisted mainly of free pigments, phycobiliproteins, and chlorophyll-a/c-binding proteins. Band 2 represented a major chlorophyll a/c-binding protein fraction. A mixture of photosystem II and photosystem I proteins comprised band 3, whereas band 4 was enriched in proteins of photosystem I. Western immunoblotting demonstrated the presence of chlorophyll a/c-binding proteins and their association with photosystem I in band 4. Phosphorylation experiments showed that chlorophyll a/c-binding proteins became phosphorylated. Negative staining electron microscopy of band B4 revealed photosystem I particles with dimensions of 22 nm. Our work showed that PSI-LHCI complexes of cryptophytes are similar to those of Chlamydomonas rheinhardtii, the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum, and higher plants.






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