Biogenesis of iron-sulfur clusters in photosystem I

Holo-NfuA from the cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002 rapidly and efficiently transfers [4Fe-4S] clusters to apo-PsaC in vitro

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The NfuA protein has been postulated to act as a scaffolding protein in the biogenesis of photosystem (PS) I and other iron-sulfur (Fe/S) proteins in cyanobacteria and chloroplasts. To determine the properties of NfuA, recombinant NfuA from Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002 was overproduced and purified. In vitro reconstituted NfuA contained oxygen- and EDTA-labile Fe/S cluster(s), which had EPR properties consistent with [4Fe-4S] clusters. After reconstitution with 57Fe2+, Mössbauer studies of NfuA showed a broad quadrupole doublet that confirmed the presence of [4Fe-4S]2+ clusters. Native gel electrophoresis under anoxic conditions and chemical cross-linking showed that holo-NfuA forms dimers and tetramers harboring Fe/S cluster(s). Combined with iron and sulfide analyses, the results indicated that one [4Fe-4S] cluster was bound per NfuA dimer. Fe/S cluster transfer from holo-NfuA to apo-PsaC of PS I was studied by reconstitution of PS I complexes using P700-FX core complexes, PsaD, apo-PsaC, and holo-NfuA. Electron transfer measurements by time-resolved optical spectroscopy showed that holo-NfuA rapidly and efficiently transferred [4Fe-4S] clusters to PsaC in a reaction that required contact between the two proteins. The NfuA-reconstituted PS I complexes had typical charge recombination kinetics from [FA/F B]- to P700+ and light-induced low-temperature EPR spectra. These results establish that cyanobacterial NfuA can act as a scaffolding protein for the insertion of [4Fe-4S] clusters into PsaC of PS I in vitro.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28426-28435
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume283
Issue number42
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 17 2008

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Synechococcus
Photosystem I Protein Complex
Cyanobacteria
Sulfur
Iron
Dimers
Paramagnetic resonance
Proteins
Protein S
Sulfides
Chloroplasts
Electrophoresis
Edetic Acid
Genetic Recombination
Spectrum Analysis
Gels
In Vitro Techniques
Electrons
Oxygen
Light

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  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology

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