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FEBS Lett. 1998 Mar 20;425(1):126-30.

Identification of a new intermediate state that binds but not activates transducin in the bleaching process of bovine rhodopsin.

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Department of Biophysics, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Japan.

Abstract

Using time-resolved low-temperature spectroscopy, we have examined whether or not bovine rhodopsin has a unique transducin-binding state, meta Ib, previously detected from chicken rhodopsin. Unlike chicken meta Ib, bovine meta Ib was detected only by detailed kinetics analysis of the bleaching process, but it was stabilized by transducin and visualized in the observed spectral changes. From the effect of GTPgammaS, it was revealed that meta Ib induced no GDP-GTP exchange reaction in transducin. Thus meta Ib is a common intermediate of vertebrate rhodopsin and transducin is activated in two steps by meta Ib and meta II.

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