Putative pea bilin and cyclic tetrapyrrole transporter proteins were identified by means of an antibody raised against a bilirubin-interacting aminoacidic sequence of mammalian bilitranslocase (TC No. 2.A.65.1.1). The immunochemical approach showed the presence of several proteins mostly in leaf microsomal, chloroplast and tonoplast vesicles. In these membrane fractions, electrogenic bromosulfalein transport activity was also monitored, being specifically inhibited by anti-bilitranslocase sequence antibody. Moreover, the inhibition of transport activity in pea leaf chloroplast vesicles, by both the synthetic cyclic tetrapyrrole chlorophyllin and the heme catabolite biliverdin, supports the involvement of some of these proteins in the transport of linear/cyclic tetrapyrroles during chlorophyll metabolism. Immunochemical localization in chloroplast sub-compartments revealed that these putative bilitranslocase-like transporters are restricted to the thylakoids only, suggesting their preferential implication in the uptake of cyclic tetrapyrrolic intermediates from the stroma during chlorophyll biosynthesis. Finally, the presence of a conserved bilin-binding sequence in different proteins (enzymes and transporters) from divergent species is discussed in an evolutionary context. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Involvement of mammalian bilitranslocase-like protein(s) in chlorophyll catabolism of Pisum sativum L. tissues

PERESSON, Carlo;PETRUSSA, Elisa;BRAIDOT, Enrico
2014

Abstract

Putative pea bilin and cyclic tetrapyrrole transporter proteins were identified by means of an antibody raised against a bilirubin-interacting aminoacidic sequence of mammalian bilitranslocase (TC No. 2.A.65.1.1). The immunochemical approach showed the presence of several proteins mostly in leaf microsomal, chloroplast and tonoplast vesicles. In these membrane fractions, electrogenic bromosulfalein transport activity was also monitored, being specifically inhibited by anti-bilitranslocase sequence antibody. Moreover, the inhibition of transport activity in pea leaf chloroplast vesicles, by both the synthetic cyclic tetrapyrrole chlorophyllin and the heme catabolite biliverdin, supports the involvement of some of these proteins in the transport of linear/cyclic tetrapyrroles during chlorophyll metabolism. Immunochemical localization in chloroplast sub-compartments revealed that these putative bilitranslocase-like transporters are restricted to the thylakoids only, suggesting their preferential implication in the uptake of cyclic tetrapyrrolic intermediates from the stroma during chlorophyll biosynthesis. Finally, the presence of a conserved bilin-binding sequence in different proteins (enzymes and transporters) from divergent species is discussed in an evolutionary context. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York.
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