J P Mailliet

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Phytochromes are red/far-red photochromic biliprotein photoreceptors, which in plants regulate seed germination, stem extension, flowering time, and many other light effects. However, the structure/functional basis of the phytochrome photoswitch is still unclear. Here, we report the ground state structure of the complete sensory module of Cph1 phytochrome(More)
Phytochrome photoreceptors mediate light responses in plants and in many microorganisms. Here we report studies using (1)H-(13)C magic-angle spinning NMR spectroscopy of the sensor module of cyanobacterial phytochrome Cph1. Two isoforms of the red-light absorbing Pr ground state are identified. Conclusive evidence that photoisomerization occurs at the(More)
Phytochromes are biliprotein photoreceptors that can be photoswitched between red-light-absorbing state (Pr) and far-red-light-absorbing state (Pfr). Although three-dimensional structures of both states have been reported, the photoconversion and intramolecular signaling mechanisms are still unclear. Here, we report UV-Vis absorbance, fluorescence and CD(More)
Cyanobacterial phytochromes are a diverse family of light receptors controlling various biological functions including phototaxis. In addition to canonical bona fide phytochromes of the well characterized Cph1/plant-like clade, cyanobacteria also harbor phytochromes that absorb green, violet or blue light. The Synechocystis PCC 6803 Cph2 photoreceptor, a(More)
A quantum mechanics (QM)/molecular mechanics (MM) hybrid method was applied to the Pr state of the cyanobacterial phytochrome Cph1 to calculate the Raman spectra of the bound PCB cofactor. Two QM/MM models were derived from the atomic coordinates of the crystal structure. The models differed in the protonation site of His(260) in the chromophore-binding(More)
Cyanobacterial phytochrome 1 (Cph1) is a red/far-red light regulated histidine kinase, which together with its response regulator (Rcp1) forms a two-component light signaling system in Synechocystis 6803. In the present study we followed the in vitro autophosphorylation of Cph1 and the subsequent phosphotransfer to Rcp1 in different ionic milieus and(More)
Crystallization of phytochromes and other photochromic proteins is hampered by the conformational changes that they undergo on exposure to light. As a canonical phytochrome, cyanobacterial Cph1 switches between two stable states upon absorption of red/far-red light. Consequently, it is mandatory to work in darkness from protein purification to crystal(More)
The red/far-red-sensing biological photoreceptor phytochrome is a paradigmatic two-state signaling system. The two thermally stable states are interconverted via a photoreaction of the covalently bound tetrapyrrole chromophore. Applying recently developed solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance, we study both the chromophore and its protein pocket in the Pr(More)
Abstract High-resolution two-dimensional (2D) H–C heteronuclear correlation spectra are recorded for selective observation of interfacial 3–5.5 Å contacts of the uniformly C-labeled phycocyanobilin (PCB) chromophore with its unlabeled binding pocket. The experiment is based on a mediumand long-distance heteronuclear correlation (MELODI–HETCOR) method. For(More)
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