Identification of a new gene in the chloroplast genome encoding a low-molecular-mass polypeptide of photosystem II complex

Norio Murata, Mitsue Miyao, Nobuaki Hayashida, Tadashi Hidaka, Masahiro Sugiura

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Abstract

Low-molecular-mass polypeptides in spinach photosystem II membranes were separated by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The partial amino acid sequence of one of the polypeptides was determined. Comparison of this sequence with the entire nucleotide sequence of the tobacco chloroplast genome revealed that this polypeptide is encoded in the chloroplast genome. The gene for the polypeptide, designated as psbK, is located between the genes for tRNASer and tRNAGln in the large single-copy region and oriented in the direction opposite to the tRNA genes. The amino acid sequence deduced from the gene indicates that the translation product consists of 98 amino acid residues and its 62nd residue corresponds to the amino-terminus of the mature polypeptide. The putative polypeptide consists of 37 amino acid residues with a molecular mass of 4285 Da and has a single membrane-spanning segment. Northern blot hybridization analysis revealed that psbK was transcribed in the chloroplast.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-288
Number of pages6
JournalFEBS Letters
Volume235
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1988 Aug 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • (Spinach, Tobacco)
  • Chloroplast DNA
  • Photosynthesis
  • Photosystem II
  • psbK Gene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology

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