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Curr Opin Struct Biol. 2002 Aug;12(4):540-6.

Sensory rhodopsin II: functional insights from structure.

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  • 1Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Texas Medical School, Houston 77030, USA.


Atomic resolution structures of a sensory rhodopsin phototaxis receptor in haloarchaea (the first sensory member of the widespread microbial rhodopsin family) have yielded insights into the interaction face with its membrane-embedded transducer and into the mechanism of spectral tuning. Spectral differences between sensory rhodopsin and the light-driven proton pump bacteriorhodopsin depend largely upon the repositioning of a conserved arginine residue in the chromophore-binding pocket. Information derived from the structures, combined with biophysical and biochemical analysis, has established a model for receptor activation and signal relay, in which light-induced helix tilting in the receptor is transmitted to the transducer by lateral transmembrane helix-helix interactions.

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