Characterization of a spinach photosystem II core preparation isolated by a simplified method

Terry M. Bricker, Himadri B. Pakrasi, Louis A. Sherman

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A photosystem II core complex from spinach exhibiting high rates of electron transport was obtained rapidly and in high yield by treatment of a Tris-extracted, O2-evolving photosystem II preparation with the detergent dodecyl-β-d-maltoside. The core complex was essentially free of light-harvesting chlorophyll-protein and photosystem I polypeptides, and was highly enriched in the polypeptides associated with the photosystem II reaction center (45 and 49 kDa), cytochrome b559, and three polypeptides in the region 32-34 kDa. The photosystem II core complex contained two chlorophyll-proteins which had a slightly higher apparent molecular mass than CPa-1 and CPa-2. Additionally, a high-molecular-mass chlorophyll-protein complex termed CPa* was observed, which exhibited a low fluorescence yield when illuminated with ultraviolet light. This observation suggests that CPa* contains a functionally efficient quencher of chlorophyll fluorescence, possibly P680.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-176
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 15 1985


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