Biosynthesis of chlorosome proteins is not inhibited in acetylene-treated cultures of Chlorobium vibrioforme

Elena V. Vassilieva, John G. Ormerod, Donald A. Bryant

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The composition, abundance and apparent molecular masses of chlorosome polypeptides from Chlorobium tepidum and Chlorobium vibrioforme 8327 were compared. The most abundant, low-molecular-mass chlorosome polypeptides of both strains had similar electrophoretic mobilities and abundances, but several of the larger proteins were different in both apparent mass and abundance. Polyclonal antisera raised against recombinant chlorosome proteins of Cb. tepidum recognized the homologous proteins in Cb. vibrioforme, and a one-to-one correspondence between the chlorosome proteins of the two species was confirmed. As previously shown [Ormerod et al. (1990) J Bacteriol 172: 1352-1360], acetylene strongly suppressed the synthesis of bacteriochlorophyll c in Cb. vibrioforme strain 8327. No correlation was found between the bacteriochlorophyll c content of cells and the cellular content of chlorosome proteins. Nine of ten chlorosome proteins were detected in acetylene-treated cultures, and the chlorosome proteins were generally present in similar amounts in control and acetylene-treated cells. These results suggest that the synthesis of chlorosome proteins and the assembly of the chlorosome envelope is constitutive. It remains possible that the synthesis of bacteriochlorophyll c and its insertion into chlorosomes might be regulated by environmental parameters such as light intensity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-81
Number of pages13
JournalPhotosynthesis research
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology


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