Backbone dynamics of plastocyanin in both oxidation states: Solution structure of the reduced form and comparison with the oxidized state

Ivano Bertini, Donald A. Bryant, Stefano Ciurli, Alexander Dikiy, Claudio O. Fernández, Claudio Luchinat, Niyaz Safarov, Alejandro J. Vila, Jindong Zhao

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A model-free analysis based on 15N R1, 15N R2, and 15N-1H nuclear Overhauser effects was performed on reduced (diamagnetic) and oxidized (paramagnetic) forms of plastocyanin from Synechocystis sp. PCC6803. The protein backbone is rigid, displaying a small degree of mobility in the sub-nanosecond time scale. The loops surrounding the copper ion, involved in physiological electron transfer, feature a higher extent of flexibility in the longer time scale in both redox states, as measured from D2O exchange of amide protons and from NH-H2O saturation transfer experiments. In contrast to the situation for other electron transfer proteins, no significant difference in the dynamic properties is found between the two redox forms. A solution structure was also determined for the reduced plastocyanin and compared with the solution structure of the oxidized form in order to assess possible structural changes related to the copper ion redox state. Within the attained resolution, the structure of the reduced plastocyanin is indistinguishable from that of the oxidized form, even though small chemical shift differences are observed. The present characterization provides information on both the structural and dynamic behavior of blue copper proteins in solution that is useful to understand further the role(s) of protein dynamics in electron transfer processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47217-47226
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number50
StatePublished - Dec 14 2001


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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