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X-ray structure of an asymmetrical trimeric ferredoxin–photosystem I complex

Abstract : Photosystem I (PSI), a large protein complex located in the thylakoid membrane, mediates the final step in light-driven electron transfer to the stromal electron carrier protein ferredoxin (Fd). Here, we report the first structural description of the PSI–Fd complex from Thermosynechococcus elongatus. The trimeric PSI complex binds three Fds in a non-equivalent manner. While each is recognized by a PSI protomer in a similar orientation, the distances between Fds and the PSI redox centres differ. Fd binding thus entails loss of the exact three-fold symmetry of the PSI’s soluble subunits, inducing structural perturbations which are transferred to the lumen through PsaF. Affinity chromatography and nuclear magnetic resonance analyses of PSI–Fd complexes support the existence of two different Fd-binding states, with one Fd being more tightly bound than the others. We propose a dynamic structural basis for productive complex formation, which supports fast electron transfer between PSI and Fd.
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Hisako Kubota-Kawai, Risa Mutoh, Kanako Shinmura, Pierre Sétif, Marc Nowaczyk, et al.. X-ray structure of an asymmetrical trimeric ferredoxin–photosystem I complex. Nature Plants, Nature Publishing Group, 2018, 4, pp.218 - 224. ⟨10.1038/s41477-018-0130-0⟩. ⟨cea-01883776⟩



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