Friedel Drepper

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The mechanism of the electron transfer from the soluble protein plastocyanin to the multiprotein complex of photosystem I from spinach has been studied in detail. The two kinetic components of P700+ reduction by plastocyanin after a laser flash, showing a constant half-life of 11 microseconds and a variable half-life of the second-order reaction,(More)
Signal recognition particle (SRP)-dependent protein targeting is a universally conserved process that delivers proteins to the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane or to the endoplasmic reticulum membrane in eukaryotes. Crucial during targeting is the transfer of the ribosome-nascent chain complex (RNC) from SRP to the Sec translocon. In eukaryotes, this step is(More)
The PsaF-deficient mutant 3bF of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii was used to modify PsaF by nuclear transformation and site-directed mutagenesis. Four lysine residues in the N-terminal domain of PsaF, which have been postulated to form the positively charged face of a putative amphipathic alpha-helical structure were altered to K12P, K16Q, K23Q, and K30Q. The(More)
Cotranslational protein targeting delivers proteins to the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane or to the eukaryotic endoplasmic reticulum membrane. The signal recognition particle (SRP) binds to signal sequences emerging from the ribosomal tunnel and targets the ribosome-nascent-chain complex (RNC) to the SRP receptor, termed FtsY in bacteria. FtsY interacts(More)
Most membrane proteins are co-translationally inserted into the lipid bilayer via the universally conserved SecY complex and they access the lipid phase presumably via a lateral gate in SecY. In bacteria, the lipid transfer of membrane proteins from the SecY channel is assisted by the SecY-associated protein YidC, but details on the SecY-YidC interaction(More)
We analyze the effect of the plastoquinone redox state on the regulation of the light-harvesting antenna size at transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels. This was approached by studying transcription and accumulation of light-harvesting complexes in wild type versus the barley mutant viridis zb63, which is depleted in photosystem I and where(More)
Using a tetrazolium-based assay, a NAD(P)H oxidoreductase was purified from plasma membranes prepared from soybean (Glycine max) hypocotyls. The enzyme, a tetramer of 85 kD, produces O2(.-) by a reaction that depended on menadione or several other 1,4-naphthoquinones, in apparent agreement with a classification as a one-electron-transferring flavoenzyme(More)
Knowledge of the interaction partners of a protein of interest may provide important information on its function. Common to currently available tools for the identification of protein-protein interactions, however, is their high rates of false positives. Only recently an assay was reported that allowed for the unequivocal identification of protein-protein(More)
At the lumenal side of photosystem I (PSI) in cyanobacteria, algae, and vascular plants, proper recognition and binding of the donor proteins plastocyanin (pc) and cytochrome (cyt) c(6) are crucial to allow subsequent efficient electron transfer to the photooxidized primary donor. To characterize the surface regions of PSI needed for the correct binding of(More)
To study the function of the PsaF subunit of photosystem I (PSI), the interactions between plastocyanin or cytochrome c6 and PSI isolated from wild-type and a PsaF-deficient mutant of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii have been examined using cross-linking techniques and flash absorption spectroscopy. We show that efficient electron transfer from both plastocyanin(More)