Beatrix G Schlarb-Ridley

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The complex of the photosynthetic redox partners plastocyanin and cytochrome f from the thermophilic cyanobacterium, Phormidium laminosum, was investigated by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Chemical-shift perturbation analysis of amide proton and nitrogen nuclei implicates the hydrophobic patch and, to a lesser extent, the "eastern face" of plastocyanin(More)
Azurin is a member of a family of metalloproteins called cupredoxins. Although previously thought to be involved in electron transfer, azurin has recently been shown to preferentially enter cancer cells than normal cells and induce apoptosis in such cells. Azurin also demonstrates structural similarity to a ligand known as ephrinB2, which binds its cognate(More)
Cytochrome c6A is a unique dithio-cytochrome of green algae and plants. It has a very similar core structure to that of bacterial and algal cytochromes c6 but is unable to fulfill the same function of transferring electrons from cytochrome f to photosystem I. A key feature is that its heme midpoint potential is more than 200 mV below that of cytochrome c6(More)
The respiratory chain of cyanobacteria appears to be branched rather than linear; furthermore, respiratory and photosynthetic electron-transfer chains co-exist in the thylakoid membrane and even share components. This review will focus on the three types of terminal respiratory oxidases identified so far on a genetic level in cyanobacteria: aa3-type(More)
Cytochrome c6A is a unique dithio-cytochrome present in land plants and some green algae. Its sequence and occurrence in the thylakoid lumen suggest that it is derived from cytochrome c6, which functions in photosynthetic electron transfer between the cytochrome b6f complex and photosystem I. Its known properties, however, and a strong indication that the(More)
The role of charged residues on the surface of plastocyanin from the cyanobacterium Phormidium laminosum in the reaction with soluble cytochrome f in vitro was studied using site-directed mutagenesis. The charge on each of five residues on the eastern face of plastocyanin was neutralized and/or inverted, and the effect of the mutation on midpoint potentials(More)
The role of charge on the surface of cytochrome f from the cyanobacterium Phormidium laminosum in the reaction with plastocyanin was investigated in vitro using site-directed mutagenesis. Charge was neutralized at five acidic residues individually and introduced at a residue close to the interface between the two proteins. The effects on the kinetics of the(More)
Cytochrome c(6A) is a dithio-cytochrome recently discovered in land plants and green algae, and believed to be derived from the well-known cytochrome c(6). The function of cytochrome c(6A) is unclear. We propose that it catalyses the formation of disulphide bridges in thylakoid lumen proteins in a single-step disulphide exchange reaction, with subsequent(More)
The reaction between cytochrome f and plastocyanin is a central feature of the photosynthetic electron-transport system of all oxygenic organisms. We have studied the reaction in solution to understand how the very weak binding between the two proteins from Phormidium laminosum can nevertheless lead to fast rates of electron transfer. In a previous(More)
Cytochrome f and plastocyanin from the cyanobacterium Phormidium laminosum react an order of magnitude faster than their counterparts from chloroplasts when long-range electrostatic interactions have been screened out by high salt concentration [Schlarb-Ridley, B. G., et al. (2002) Biochemistry 41, 3279-3285]. To investigate the relative contributions of(More)