Primary and Higher Order Structure of the Reaction Center from the Purple Phototrophic Bacterium Blastochloris viridis: A Test for Native Mass Spectrometry

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The reaction center (RC) from the phototrophic bacterium Blastochloris viridis was the first integral membrane protein complex to have its structure determined by X-ray crystallography and has been studied extensively since then. It is composed of four protein subunits, H, M, L, and C, as well as cofactors, including bacteriopheophytin (BPh), bacteriochlorophyll (BCh), menaquinone, ubiquinone, heme, carotenoid, and Fe. In this study, we utilized mass spectrometry-based proteomics to study this protein complex via bottom-up sequencing, intact protein mass analysis, and native MS ligand-binding analysis. Its primary structure shows a series of mutations, including an unusual alteration and extension on the C-terminus of the M-subunit. In terms of quaternary structure, proteins such as this containing many cofactors serve to test the ability to introduce native-state protein assemblies into the gas phase because the cofactors will not be retained if the quaternary structure is seriously perturbed. Furthermore, this specific RC, under native MS, exhibits a strong ability not only to bind the special pair but also to preserve the two peripheral BCh’s.

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Lu, Yue; Goodson, Carrie; Blankenship, Robert E.; Gross, Michael L. (2018): Primary and Higher

Order Structure of the Reaction

Center from the Purple Phototrophic Bacterium Blastochloris

viridis: A Test for Native Mass Spectrometry. ACS Publications. Collection.