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2ITA: Solution structure of PufX from Rhodobacter sphaeroides
FEBS Lett. (2006) 580 p.6967-6971
PufX organizes the photosynthetic reaction centre-light harvesting complex 1 (RC-LH1) core complex of Rhodobacter sphaeroides and facilitates quinol/quinone exchange between the RC and cytochrome bc(1) complexes. The structure of PufX in organic solvent reveals two hydrophobic helices flanked by unstructured termini and connected by a helical bend. The proposed location of basic residues and tryptophans at the membrane interface orients the C-terminal helix along the membrane normal, with the GXXXG motifs in positions unsuitable as direct drivers of dimerisation of the RC-LH1 complex. The N-terminal helix is predicted to extend approximately 40 Anggstrom along the membrane interface.