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Structural organisation of prolamellar bodies (PLB) isolated from Zea mays. Parallel TEM, SAXS and absorption spectra measurements on samples subjected to freeze-thaw, reduced pH and high-salt perturbation.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Plant Physiology. Umeå Plant Science Centre.
2007 (English)In: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, ISSN 0006-3002, Vol. 1768, 2235-2245 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Well-organised PLB gives rise to a X-ray diffraction pattern overlaid by a scattering pattern arising from individual tubules within less well-organised regions of the lattice. TEM and SAXS measurements were used to characterise the structural changes in PLB subjected to perturbation by freeze–thaw, exposure to pH 6.5, or resuspension in high-salt media. Comparison of SAXS patterns measured, before and after structural perturbation allows the separation of the contributions from ordered and disordered PLB. The diffraction pattern is shown to be based on a diamond cubic (Fd3m) lattice of unit cell a = 78 nm. Freeze–thaw and high-salt disruption lead to the breakdown of ordered PLB into disordered tubules of similar dimensions to those making up the original PLB lattice. Their scattering patterns suggest that they are approximately 26 nm in diameter with a central lumen about 16 nm in diameter. The tubules formed at pH 6.5 are appreciably narrower, probably reflecting changes in the pattern of ionisation of charged groups at the membrane surface. Absorption spectra of PLB in media containing different concentrations of salts indicated that the structural and spectral changes are related. NADPH, have a significant role in the protection of POR-PChlide650 but to have only a relatively small effect on the preservation of PLB organisation indicating that the retention of POR-PChlide650 in isolated PLB preparations is a poor guide to their structural integrity.

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2007. Vol. 1768, 2235-2245 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-15865DOI: doi:10.1016/j.bbamem.2007.05.005PubMedID: 17559801OAI: diva2:155537
Available from: 2007-09-18 Created: 2007-09-18 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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