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Effect of Carotenoid Biosynthesis Inhibition on the Chlorosome Organization in Chlorobium phaeobacteroides Strain CL1401
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2000 (English)In: Photochemistry and Photobiology, Vol. 71, no 6, 715-23 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We have studied the effect of the absence of carotenoids on the organization of bacteriochlorophylls (BChls) in chlorosomes of Chlorobium (Chl.) phaeobacteroides strain CL1401. Carotenoid-depleted chlorosomes were obtained by means of 2-hydroxybiphenyl–supplemented cultures. In the presence of the inhibitor, isorenieratene (Isr) and β-Isr biosynthesis were inhibited to more than 95%, leading to an accumulation of the colorless precursor phytoene inside the chlorosomes. In addition, there was a 30–40% decrease in the baseplate BChl a content. The absorption spectrum of the carotenoid-depleted chlorosomes showed a 10 nm blue shift in the BChl e Qy absorption peak. Under reducing conditions, a decrease in the BChl a/BChl e fluorescence emission ratio was observed in carotenoid-depleted chlorosomes relative to that in control chlorosomes, caused mainly by the decrease in the BChl a content. The steady-state fluorescence emission anisotropy in the BChl e region dropped from 0.24 for native chlorosomes to 0.14 for carotenoid-depleted ones, indicating reorganization of BChl e. The circular dichroism (CD) signal of the carotenoid-depleted chlorosomes was increased two times in the BChl e Qy region. A simple model based on the structure proposed was used to explain the observed effects. Carotenoids might affect the angle between the direction of the BChl e Qy transition and the axis of the rod. The orientation of BChl a in the baseplate remains unchanged in carotenoid-depleted chlorosomes, although there is a partial loss of BChl a as a consequence of a decrease in the baseplate size. The carotenoids are most likely rather close to the BChls and appear to be important for the aggregate structure in Chl. phaeobacteroides.

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2000. Vol. 71, no 6, 715-23 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-8573OAI: diva2:148244
Available from: 2008-01-29 Created: 2008-01-29 Last updated: 2011-01-14Bibliographically approved

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