«PROBLEM OF ORIGIN OF LIFE» International Conference in Honor of 1 2 0 th Birth Anniversary of acad. A.I. Oparin Karapetyan N.V. A.N. Bach Institute of Biochemistry RAS, Moscow How cyanobactria managed to survive under intense solar radiation billions years ago:
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International Conference in Honor of 120th Birth Anniversary of acad.A.I. Oparin
A.N. Bach Institute of Biochemistry RAS, Moscow
How cyanobactria managed to survive under intense solar radiation billions years ago:
September 26, 2014
«You are our Pope, we are your monks!»
«Вы наш пастырь, мы Ваши иноки!»
Many laboratories of our Institute have been involved in study of
OriginandEvolution of Life. My contribution:
“Photoprotecton mechanisms against photodestruction by excess absorbed energy in cyanobacteria.”
We have found two mechanisms of photoprotection in cyanobacteria:
1.Carotenoid-less non-photochemical quenching by Photosystem I 2.Carotenoid-induced non-photochemical quenching of Phycobilisomes
Irradiance conditions on the Earth surface NOW on the width of equator:
UV-C (190-280 nm) - does not penetrate the ozone layer
UV-B (280-320 nm) - 7-8 W m-2
UV-A (320-400 nm) - 45-50 W m-2 (generates singlet oxygen)
VIS light (400-700 nm)- 1100 W m-2
To be protected against intense solar light and UV, cyanobacteria were habituated in deep ocean waters or in hydrothermal sources.
Photosynthesis is optimal under the balance of the activity and stability of the photosynthetic apparatus. Over-excitation of antenna Chls generates reactive oxygen species that destroy the photosynthetic apparatus.
Dissipation (or quenching) of excessabsorbed energy protects against photodestruction.
PSI complex exists in cyanobacteria as atrimer, in plants asa monomer.
3.4Å structure of PSI monomer of P. sativum
Amunts et al., Nature (2007)
2.5Åstructure of PSI trimer of Th. elongatus
Jordan et al., Nature (2001)
Chls in cyanobacteria are located only in core antenna of PSI and PSII since cyanobacteria are deficient in Chl-containing Lhca.
Cyanobacteria are highly enriched with PSI: PSI/PSII ratio is 3-5.
Thus main part of Chls (~90%) in cyanobacteria is located in PSI.
About 90% of antenna Chls in PSI of cyanobacteria belong to bulk while 10% of antenna Chls belong to long-wavelength Chls (LWC).
The origin of LWC and the role in PSI was not clear.
We have studied the role of the red-most LWC in energy balance and in energy dissipation in the cyanobacterium Arthrospira platensis
Some information about LWC of PSI in cyanobacteria.
plants (Gobets…Karapetyan et al., Biophys. J. 2001)
Gaussian deconvolution of 5 K absorption spectrum of PSI trimers of A. platensis:
LWC740 (F760)=3; LWC708 (F730)= 7
(Schlodder,….Karapetyan et al., BBA 2005)
A. platensis andTh. elongatus; amount of Chl molecules - in parenthesis (Karapetyan et al., FEBS Lett. 1999)
(decay associated spectra)
LWC delaythe energy equilibration in core antenna and trapping by P700;it is dependent on spectral properties of LWC:
35 ps in PSI trimers of Th. elongatus - C
37 ps in PSI monomers of A. platensis - D
50 ps in PSI trimers of A. platensis - E.
(Gobets,.. Karapetyan et al., Biophys. J. 2001)
PSI Rection Center (RC):
open RC – charge separation
Chl →P700A0A1FX→ P700+Ao- A1FX
closed RC – dissipation of absorbed energy
Chl →P700+A0A1FX or Chl →3P700A0A1-FX
P700is involved in charge separation
P700+or3P700 are involved in energy dissipation
Time-course of F760 quenching and P700+ formation in PSI trimers of A. platensis at 77K
Non-linear dependence of F760 on P700+ amount in PSI trimers of A. platensisindicates on energy exchange between PSI monomers within trimer
PSI trimer of Th. elongatus(Jordan et al., 2001)
trimer 719 (F741) - 4Chls; 708 (F732) - 4Chls
monomer 719 (F730) - 2Chls;708 (F728) - 4Chls
Chl719 (F741) might beB7/A32/A31
Chl719 is notB31/B32/B33 – 3
Chls, big distance to P700 (50Å)
Candidates for Chl708 (F732) are
B38/B37, А38/A39, B18/B19 or A16/A17/A25 (strong coupling between Chls, dig distance to P700).
Chl715 (F734) = B24/B25 orA26/A27
Schlodder…Karapetyan, BBA (2012)
PSI trimer: 740 (F760) - 3 Chl; 708 (F727) - 7 Chl
PSI monomer: 708 (F726) – 7 Chl (three different aggregates).
Chl740 (F760)might be A31/A32/B7 on lumenal sideclose to trimerization point,
time of energy transfer to P700+ is 110 ps, dipol is oriented parallel to membrane
Chl708(F727)=B38/B37, A38/A39B18/B19or A25/A16/A17
Distance between Chl740 and Chl708:
A32/A31/B7to B38/B37= 22Å
A32/A31/B7 to A25/A16/A17=48Å
A32/A31/B7to А38/A39 = 57Å
A32/A31/B7to B18/B19 = 52Å
Schlodder…Karapetyan, BBA (2012)
of Chls in various LWC730 of
PSI antenna in A. platensis
Fluorescence spectra of a single PSI trimer of as a function of the orientation of polarizer in front of the spectrograph
Chls in F730 polarized differently since 2-3 different emitters form this LWC. Chls in F760 are polarized equally.
No interaction of some LWC708 and LWC740at cryogenic temperatures:
- big distance between F760 (А31-A32-B7) and LWC726 (different complexes)
- different orientation of the transient dipole moments in LWC708
(Karapetyan et al., Biochemistry-Moscow 2014)
1. LWCdelay the energy equilibration and trapping in PSI core antenna. LWC function as terminal acceptors of excitationlike P700 and transfer uphill energy to P700.
2.P700+ quenches the LWC fluorescence of PSI trimers and monomers ofA. platensis and Th. elongatus but with different efficiency.
3. LWC740 (F760) in PSI ofA. platensismay correspond to peripherally localized A31/A32/B7trimericaggregate. Localization of LWC719 in PSI of Th. elongatusmay differ since aggregate contains 4 Chls.
Structure of Phycobilisomes, interaction with Photosystems
after BL (quenched)
Action spectrum of quenching
Quenching decreases PBSfluorescence at 660 nm (exc. 580 nm)
1. PBS is the quenching target, carotenoid is photosensitizer (Rakhimberdieva et al., 2004)
2.Quenching - only at physiological temperatures (Rakhimberdieva et al., 2004, 2007)
3. Quenching is ∆pHindependent (Rakhimberdieva et al., 2006; Wilson et al., 2006) 4.OCP-red (=OCP*) may be fluorescence quencher (Wilson et al., 2006, 2008).
Main strategy to reveal the mechanism of quenching - comparison of the activity of PSI and PSII in Synechoystismutant cells innon-quenched andquenched states.
PSI activity was measured for PSII-less mutant, PSII activity - for PSI-less mutant.
Orange Carotenoid-binding protein (OCP)
OCP(35 kDa) from A. maxima - two-domain homodimer containing 3’-hydroxiechinenone(Kerfeld et al., 2003)
Quantum efficiency of PBS absorption in Synechocystis cellsin quenched state drops by about 40% (P700 photooxidation and PSII fluorescence induction). OCP-triggered energy dissipation in PBS of Synechocystisdivertsexcitation away from both RC (Rakhimberdieva et al., BBA 2010).
NPQ norm. max
BL-induced quenchingtakes place even at the absence of PSI and PSII
(Rakhimberdieva et al., FEBS Lett. 2011)
Fluorescence quenching spectra at 77 K and RT(top) and the second derivative of quenching spectrum at RT(down).
77K fluorescencespectra (exc. 570 nm) ofWT andPSI/PSII-less mutant
Kuzminov….. Karapetyan BBA 2012
1.Carotenoidis photosensitizer of PBS quenching, APC is a target of OCP-induced fluorescence quenching in Synechocystis cells.
2. OCP-induced quenchingof APC fluorescence in Synechocystiscellsdiverts excitation energy from PBS to PSI and PSII reaction centresdecreasingtheenergyflowfromPBS.
3. Excitation of carotenoid in Synechocystisinduces the multistep OCP transformation as sensitizer and as quencher.
Rakhimberdieva M.G. A.N. Bach Institute of Biochemistry RAS, Moscow
Elanskaya I.V. Biology Faculty, Genetics Dep., MSU
Kuzminov F.I. Physics Faculty, Dep. of Non-linear Fluorimetry, MSU
Schlodder E. Max-Volmer Laboratorium, Technical University Berlin,
Rögner M. Plant Biochemistry Dep., Ruhr-University-Bochum, Germany
Vermaas W.F.J. School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA