Cloning and characterization of the psaE gene of the cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002: characterization of a psaE mutant and overproduction of the protein in Escherichia coli

J. Zhao, W. B. Snyder, U. Mühlenhoff, E. Rhiel, P. V. Warren, J. H. Golbeck, D. A. Bryant

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Abstract

The psaE gene, encoding a 7.5 kDa peripheral protein of the photosystem I complex, has been cloned and characterized from the cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002. The gene is transcribed as an abundant monocistronic transcript of approximately 325 nt. The PsaE protein has been overproduced in Escherichia coli, purified to homogeneity, and used to raise polyclonal antibodies. Mutant strains, in which the psaE gene was insertionally inactivated by interposon mutagenesis, were constructed and characterized. Although the PS I complexes of these strains were similar to those of the wild type, the strains grew more slowly under conditions which favour cyclic electron transport and could not grow at all under photoheterotrophic conditions. The results suggest that PsaE plays a role in cyclic electron transport in cyanobacteria.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-194
Number of pages12
JournalMolecular Microbiology
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology

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