Transmembrane signaling and assembly of the cytochrome b6f-lipidic charge transfer complex.

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TitleTransmembrane signaling and assembly of the cytochrome b6f-lipidic charge transfer complex.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsS Hasan, S, Yamashita, E, Cramer, WA
JournalBiochim Biophys Acta
Date Published2013 Nov-Dec
KeywordsBacterial Proteins, Cyanobacteria, Cytochrome b6f Complex, Membrane Lipids, Models, Molecular, Plastoquinone, Protein Binding, Protein Conformation, Protein Subunits, Signal Transduction

Structure-function properties of the cytochrome b6f complex are sufficiently unique compared to those of the cytochrome bc1 complex that b6f should not be considered a trivially modified bc1 complex. A unique property of the dimeric b6f complex is its involvement in transmembrane signaling associated with the p-side oxidation of plastoquinol. Structure analysis of lipid binding sites in the cyanobacterial b6f complex prepared by hydrophobic chromatography shows that the space occupied by the H transmembrane helix in the cytochrome b subunit of the bc1 complex is mostly filled by a lipid in the b6f crystal structure. It is suggested that this space can be filled by the domain of a transmembrane signaling protein. The identification of lipid sites and likely function defines the intra-membrane conserved central core of the b6f complex, consisting of the seven trans-membrane helices of the cytochrome b and subunit IV polypeptides. The other six TM helices, contributed by cytochrome f, the iron-sulfur protein, and the four peripheral single span subunits, define a peripheral less conserved domain of the complex. The distribution of conserved and non-conserved domains of each monomer of the complex, and the position and inferred function of a number of the lipids, suggests a model for the sequential assembly in the membrane of the eight subunits of the b6f complex, in which the assembly is initiated by formation of the cytochrome b6-subunit IV core sub-complex in a monomer unit. Two conformations of the unique lipidic chlorophyll a, defined in crystal structures, are described, and functions of the outlying β-carotene, a possible 'latch' in supercomplex formation, are discussed. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Respiratory complex III and related bc complexes.

Alternate JournalBiochim. Biophys. Acta
PubMed ID23507619
PubMed Central IDPMC4029431
Grant ListR01 GM038323 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States
GM038323 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States