Insertion and assembly of the precursor of subunit II into the photosystem I complex may precede its processing

Y. Cohen, J. Steppuhn, R. G. Herrmann, S. Yalovsky, R. Nechushtai

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Abstract

The biogenesis and assembly of subunit II of photosystem I (PSI) (psaD gene product) were studied and characterized. The precursor and the mature form were produced in vitro and incubated with intact plastids or isolated thylakoids. Following import of the precursor into isolated plastids, mostly the mature form of subunit II was found in the thylakoids. However, when the processing activity was inhibited only the precursor form was present in the membranes. The precursor was processed by a stromal peptidase and processing could occur before or after insertion of the precursor into the thylakoids. Following insertion into isolated thylakoids, both the precursor and the mature form of subunit II were confined to the PSI complex. Insertion of the mature form of subunit II was much less efficient than that of the precursor. Kinetic studies showed that the precursor was inserted into the membrane. Only at a later stage, the mature form began to accumulate. These results suggest that in vivo the precursor of subunit II is inserted and embedded in the thylakoids, as part of the PSI complex. Only later, it is processed to the mature form through the action of a stromal peptidase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-85
Number of pages7
JournalEMBO Journal
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Biogenesis
  • Insertion into membranes
  • Photosystem I
  • Processing

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