The small CAB-like proteins of the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803: Their involvement in chlorophyll biogenesis for Photosystem II

Miguel A. Hernandez-Prieto, Tania Tibiletti, Leyla Abasova, Diana Kirilovsky, Imre Vass, Christiane Funk

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The five small CAB-like proteins (ScpA-E) of the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 belong to the family of stress-induced light-harvesting-like proteins, but are constitutively expressed in a mutant deficient of Photosystem I (PSI). Using absorption, fluorescence and thermoluminescence measurements this PSI-less strain was compared with a mutant, in which all SCPs were additionally deleted. Depletion of SCPs led to structural rearrangements in Photosystem II (PSII): less photosystems were assembled; and in these, the QB site was modified. Despite the lower amount of PSII, the SCP-deficient cells contained the same amount of phycobilisomes (PBS) as the control. Although the excess PBS were functionally disconnected, their fluorescence was quenched under high irradiance by the activated Orange Carotenoid Protein (OCP). Additionally the amount of OCP, but not of the iron-stress induced protein (isiA), was higher in this SCP-depleted mutant compared with the control. As previously described, the lack of SCPs affects the chlorophyll biosynthesis (Vavilin, D., Brune, D. C., Vermaas, W. (2005) Biochim Biophys Acta 1708, 91-101). We demonstrate that chlorophyll synthesis is required for efficient PSII repair and that it is partly impaired in the absence of SCPs. At the same time, the amount of chlorophyll also seems to influence the expression of ScpC and ScpD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1143-1151
Number of pages9
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Bioenergetics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2011



  • Chlorophyll
  • High-light inducible proteins
  • Light-harvesting-like proteins
  • Non-photochemical quenching
  • Photosystem II
  • Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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