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Flavodiiron proteins 1-to-4 function in versatile combinations in O2 photoreduction in cyanobacteria

  1. Anita Isabel Santana Sanchez
  2. Daniel Solymosi
  3. Henna Mustila
  4. Luca Bersanini
  5. Eva-Mari Aro  Is a corresponding author
  6. Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne  Is a corresponding author
  1. University of Turku, Finland
  2. University of Uppsala, Sweden
  3. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Cite this article as: eLife 2019;8:e45766 doi: 10.7554/eLife.45766

Abstract

Flavodiiron proteins (FDPs) constitute a group of modular enzymes widespread in all life Domains. Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 has four FDPs (Flv1-4), which are essential for the photoprotection of photosynthesis. A direct comparison of light-induced O2 reduction (Mehler-like reaction) under high (3% CO2, HC) and low (air level CO2, LC) inorganic carbon conditions demonstrated that the Flv1/Flv3 heterodimer is solely responsible for an efficient steady-state O2 photoreduction under HC, with flv2 and flv4 expression strongly down-regulated. Conversely, under LC conditions, Flv1/Flv3 acts only as a transient electron sink, due to the competing withdrawal of electrons by the highly induced NDH-1 complex. Further, in vivo evidence is provided indicating that Flv2/Flv4 contributes to the Mehler-like reaction when naturally expressed under LC conditions, or, when artificially overexpressed under HC. The O2 photoreduction driven by Flv2/Flv4 occurs down-stream of PSI in a coordinated manner with Flv1/Flv3 and supports slow and steady-state O2 photoreduction.

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  1. Anita Isabel Santana Sanchez

    Department of Biochemistry, University of Turku, Turku, Finland
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  2. Daniel Solymosi

    Department of Biochemistry, University of Turku, Turku, Finland
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  3. Henna Mustila

    Microbial Chemistry, University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden
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  4. Luca Bersanini

    Department of Physics and Astronomy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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  5. Eva-Mari Aro

    Department of Biochemistry, University of Turku, Turku, Finland
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  6. Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne

    Department of Biochemistry, University of Turku, Turku, Finland
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    allahve@utu.fi
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Suomen Akatemia (315119)

  • Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne

NordForsk (82845)

  • Eva-Mari Aro
  • Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne

Koneen Säätiö (7fa491)

  • Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne

Suomen Akatemia (307335)

  • Eva-Mari Aro

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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  1. Jürgen Kleine-Vehn, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria

Publication history

  1. Received: February 4, 2019
  2. Accepted: July 10, 2019
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: July 11, 2019 (version 1)

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© 2019, Santana Sanchez et al.

This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License permitting unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.

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