Melodie A Strickler

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Recent FTIR studies have provided evidence that the C-terminal alpha-COO(-) group of the D1 polypeptide at D1-Ala344 is a unidentate ligand of a Mn ion in photosystem II [Chu, H.-A., Hiller, W., and Debus, R. J. (2004) Biochemistry 43, 3152-3166; Kimura, Y., Mizusawa, N., Yamanari, T., Ishii, A., and Ono, T.-A. (2005) J. Biol. Chem. 280, 2078-2083].(More)
In the recent X-ray crystallographic structural models of photosystem II, Glu189 of the D1 polypeptide is assigned as a ligand of the oxygen-evolving Mn(4) cluster. To determine if D1-Glu189 ligates a Mn ion that undergoes oxidation during one or more of the S(0) --> S(1), S(1) --> S(2), and S(2) --> S(3) transitions, the FTIR difference spectra of the(More)
The Na(+)-coupled dicarboxylate transporter, SdcL, from Bacillus licheniformis is a member of the divalent anion/Na(+) symporter (DASS) family that includes the bacterial Na(+)/dicarboxylate cotransporter SdcS (from Staphyloccocus aureus) and the mammalian Na(+)/dicarboxylate cotransporters, NaDC1 and NaDC3. The transport properties of SdcL produced in(More)
In the recent X-ray crystallographic structural models of photosystem II, Glu354 of the CP43 polypeptide is assigned as a ligand of the O2-evolving Mn4Ca cluster. In this communication, a preliminary characterization of the CP43-Glu354Gln mutant of the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 is presented. The steady-state rate of O2 evolution in the(More)
On the basis of mutagenesis and X-ray crystallographic studies, Asp170 of the D1 polypeptide is widely believed to ligate the (Mn)4 cluster that is located at the catalytic site of water oxidation in photosystem II. Recent proposals for the mechanism of water oxidation postulate that D1-Asp170 ligates a Mn ion that undergoes oxidation during one or more of(More)
In the recent X-ray crystallographic structural models of photosystem II, Asp342 of the D1 polypeptide is assigned as a ligand of the oxygen-evolving Mn4 cluster. To determine if D1-Asp342 ligates a Mn ion that undergoes oxidation during one or more of the S0 --> S1, S1 --> S2, and S2 --> S3 transitions, the FTIR difference spectra of the individual S state(More)
The effect of replacing a histidine ligand on the properties of the oxygen-evolving complex (OEC) and the structure of the Mn(4)Ca cluster in Photosystem II (PSII) is studied by x-ray absorption spectroscopy using PSII core complexes from the Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 D1 polypeptide mutant H332E. In the x-ray crystallographic structures of PSII,(More)
Interactions between the diketopiperazine cyclo-alanylglycine and four fluorinated alcohols in water-fluoroalcohol mixtures were examined by (1)H[(19)F] intermolecular nuclear Overhauser effects (NOE) experiments. The alcohols studied were trifluoroethanol, hexafluoroacetone trihydrate, 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoroisopropanol and perfluoro-t-butanol. The(More)
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