Photosynthetic reaction center mutagenesis via chimeric rescue of a non-functional Rhodobacter capsulatus puf operon with sequences from Rhodobacter sphaeroides

Aileen K W Taguchi, Jonathan W. Stocker, Steven G. Boxer, Neal Woodbury

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Abstract

Photosynthetically active chimeric reaction centers which utilize genetic information from both Rhodobacter capsulatus and Rb. sphaeroides puf operons were isolated using a novel method termed chimeric rescue. This method involves in vivo recombination repair of a Rb. capsulatus host operon harboring a deletion in pufM with a non-expressed Rb. sphaeroides donor puf operon. Following photosynthetic selection, three revertant classes were recovered: 1) those which used Rb. sphaeroides donor sequence to repair the Rb. capsulatus host operon without modification of Rb. sphaeroides puf operon sequences (conversions), 2) those which exchanged sequence between the two operons (inversions), and 3) those which modified plasmid or genomic sequences allowing expression of the Rb. sphaeroides donor operon. The distribution of recombination events across the Rb. capsulatus puf operon was decidedly non-random and could be the result of the intrinsic recombination systems or could be a reflection of some species-specific, functionally distinct characteristic(s). The minimum region required for chimeric rescue is the D-helix and half of the D/E-interhelix of M. When puf operon sequences 3′ of nucleotide M882 are exchanged, significant impairment of excitation trapping is observed. This region includes both the 3′ end of pufM and sequences past the end of pufM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-58
Number of pages16
JournalPhotosynthesis research
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1993

Keywords

  • antenna
  • bacteria
  • energy transfer
  • photosynthesis
  • recombination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology

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