Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 18073116
Structure 2007 Dec;15(12):1674-83
In Rhodobacter (Rba.) sphaeroides, the subunit PufX is involved in the dimeric organization of the core complex. Here, we report the 3D reconstruction at 12 A by cryoelectron microscopy of the core complex of Rba. veldkampii, a complex of approximately 300 kDa without symmetry. The core complex is monomeric and constituted by a light-harvesting complex 1 (LH1) ring surrounding a uniquely oriented reaction center (RC). The LH1 consists of 15 resolved alpha/beta heterodimers and is interrupted. Within the opening, PufX polypeptide is assigned at a position facing the Q(B) site of the RC. This core complex is different from a dissociated dimer of the core complex of Rba. sphaeroides revealing that PufX in Rba. veldkampii is unable to dimerize. The absence in PufX of Rba. veldkampii of a G(31)XXXG(35) dimerization motif highlights the transmembrane interactions between PufX subunits involved in the dimerization of the core complexes of Rhodobacter species.