Seminario impartido por Tina Domínguez-Martín, del Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular, Campus de Excelencia Internacional Agroalimentario ceiA3, Universidad de Córdoba

Phycobilisomes (PBS) are the elaborated light-harvesting antennas in cyanobacteria. To balance the harvesting of light energy against the risks of photodamage, many cyanobacteria have evolved a photoprotective mechanism that relies on the interaction between a photoreceptor, the Orange Carotenoid Protein (OCP), and the PBS. Here we present four cryo-electron microscopy structures, with and without OCP, of the 6.2 MDa PBS from the model organism Synechocystis PCC 6803 at overall resolution 2.1-3.5 Å. The structures revealed the existence of three different conformational states of the antenna, two previously unknown, for the unquenched PBS. We found that two of the rods can switch conformation within the complex, suggestive of a potentially new type of regulation. We also discovered a novel linker protein, named ApcG, that binds to the membrane facing side of the PBS. In addition, the structure of the PBS-OCP complex shows four 34 kDa OCPs organized as two dimers quench the PBS. The complex also reveals for the first time, the structure of the active form of the OCP, revealing an ~60 Å displacement of its regulatory C-terminal domain. Finally, we elucidate energy transfer pathways based on structural and spectroscopic properties. These results provide detailed insights into the cyanobacterial light-harvesting and place a foundation for future bioengineering applications.


Ponente del seminario: María Agustina Domínguez Martín
Fecha del seminario: 03/04/2024 12:00
Lugar del seminario: salón de actos IQF

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