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Deletion of the 6-kDa subunit affects the activity and yield of the bc1 complex from Rhodovulum sulfidophilum.

The cytochrome bc1 complex from Rhodovulum sulfidophilum purifies as a four-subunit complex: the cytochrome b, cytochrome c1 and Rieske iron-sulphur proteins, which are encoded together in the fbc operon, as well as a 6-kDa protein. The gene encoding the 6-kDa protein, named fbcS, has been identified. It is located within the sox operon, which encodes the subunits of sarcosine oxidase. The encoded 6-kDa protein is very hydrophobic and is predicted to form a single transmembrane helix. It shows no sequence homology to any known protein. The gene has been knocked-out of the genome and a three-subunit complex can be purified. This deletion leads to a large reduction in the yield of the isolated complex and in its activity compared to wild-type. The high quinone content found in the wild-type complex is, however, maintained after removal of the 6-kDa protein. Surprisingly, a fourth subunit of approximately 6 kDa is again found to copurify with the Rhv. sulfidophilum bc1 complex when only the fbc operon is expressed heterologously in a near-relative, Rhodobacter capsulatus, which lacks this small subunit in its own bc1 complex.[1]


  1. Deletion of the 6-kDa subunit affects the activity and yield of the bc1 complex from Rhodovulum sulfidophilum. Rodgers, S., Moser, C., Martinez-Julvez, M., Sinning, I. Eur. J. Biochem. (2000) [Pubmed]
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