May 14, 1976

Iron-sulfur proteins of the green photosynthetic bacterium Chlorobium

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
D B Knaff, R Malkin


The iron-sulfur proteins of the green photosynthetic bacterium Chlorobium have been characterized by oxidation-reduction potentiometry in conjunction with low-temperature electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. Chlorobium ferredoxin was the only iron-sulfur protein detected in the soluble fraction; no high-potential iron-sulfur protein was observed. In addition, high-potential iron-sulfur protein was not detected in the chromatophores. Four chromatophore-bound iron-sulfur proteins were detected. One is the "Rieske" type iron-sulfur protein with a g-value of 1.90 in the reduced state; the protein has a midpoint potential of + 160 mV (pH 7.0), and this potential is pH dependent. Three g=1.94 chromatophore-bound iron-sulfur proteins were observed, with midpoint potentials of -25, -175, and about -550 mV. A possible role for the latter iron-sulfur protein in the primary photochemical reaction in Chlorobium is considered.

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Ferredoxin Activity
Plasma Protein Binding Capacity
Protein Conformation
Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy
Iron-Sulfur Proteins

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