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FEBS Lett. 1990 May 7;264(1):1-4.

Photosystem I reaction-centre proteins contain leucine zipper motifs. A proposed role in dimer formation.

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Department of Plant Biology, University of California, Berkeley 94720.


The photosystem I (PS I) reaction-centre polypeptides, encoded by the psaA and psaB genes, are shown to contain several highly conserved leucine repeats, consisting of a leucine residue every seventh amino acid, similar to the leucine zipper motifs known to mediate DNA-binding polypeptide dimerisation. In each of the PSI reaction-centre subunits the leucine zipper motif precedes highly conserved cysteine residues which have been proposed to ligate the interpolypeptide [4Fe-4S] centre, Fx. We propose that PS I reaction-centre dimerisation and [4Fe-4S] centre formation are mediated through the leucine zipper.

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