In oxygenic photosynthesis, plastocyanin shuttles electrons between the membrane-bound complexes cytochrome b6f and photosystem I. The homologous complex between cytochrome f and plastocyanin, both from spinach, is the object of this study. The solution structure of the reduced spinach plastocyanin was determined using high field NMR spectroscopy, while the model structure of oxidized cytochrome f was obtained by homology modeling calculations and molecular dynamics. The model structure of the intermolecular complex was calculated using the program AUTODOCK, taking into account biological information obtained from mutagenesis experiments. The best electron transfer pathway from the heme group of cytochrome f to the copper ion of plastocyanin was calculated using the program HARLEM, obtaining a coupling decay value of 1.8 x 10-4. Possible mechanisms of interaction and electron transfer between plastocyanin and cytochrome f were discussed considering the possible formation of a super-complex that associates one cytochrome b6f, one photosystem I, and one plastocyanin.

Modeling of protein-protein interactions in photosynthetic systems: structure of the intermolecular complex between plastocyanin and cytochrome f from spinach

MUSIANI, FRANCESCO;DIKIY, ALEXANDER;CIURLI, STEFANO LUCIANO
2005

Abstract

In oxygenic photosynthesis, plastocyanin shuttles electrons between the membrane-bound complexes cytochrome b6f and photosystem I. The homologous complex between cytochrome f and plastocyanin, both from spinach, is the object of this study. The solution structure of the reduced spinach plastocyanin was determined using high field NMR spectroscopy, while the model structure of oxidized cytochrome f was obtained by homology modeling calculations and molecular dynamics. The model structure of the intermolecular complex was calculated using the program AUTODOCK, taking into account biological information obtained from mutagenesis experiments. The best electron transfer pathway from the heme group of cytochrome f to the copper ion of plastocyanin was calculated using the program HARLEM, obtaining a coupling decay value of 1.8 x 10-4. Possible mechanisms of interaction and electron transfer between plastocyanin and cytochrome f were discussed considering the possible formation of a super-complex that associates one cytochrome b6f, one photosystem I, and one plastocyanin.
F. Musiani; A. Dikiy; A.Y. Semenov; S. Ciurli
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