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Light- and Ca2+-modulated heterotrimeric GTPases in the eyespot apparatus of a flagellate green alga


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Author(s): Calenberg M, Brohsonn U, Zedlacher M, Kreimer G
Journal: Plant Cell
Publisher: American Society of Plant Biologists
Publication year: 1998
Volume: 10
Journal issue: 1
Pages range: 91-103
ISSN: 1040-4651

Abstract

Little is known about phototactic signal transduction in flagellate green algae; therefore, eyespot apparatuses, which are the light-sensitive "organelles" involved in photoorientation of these algae, were isolated and analyzed for the presence of heterotrimeric guanine nucleotide binding proteins (G proteins) and their coupling to the retinal-based photoreceptor, Specific high-affinity S-35-GTP-gamma-S binding and GTPase activity, with sensitivity toward antibodies raised against vertebrate/invertebrate G(alpha) subunits and fluoroaluminates, were detected, In one-and two-dimensional immunoblot analyses, an antiserum directed against G(i alpha)-type subunits exhibited cross-reactivity at 42 kD, whereas a 43-kD protein cross-reacted with antisera directed against G(q alpha) subunits. Green light below 1 mu E m(-2) sec(-1) suppressed cholera toxin-dependent ADP ribosylation at these apparent molecular masses and modulated a significant proportion of the GTPase activity in a reversible manner. Antisera against Chlamydomonas rhodopsin and the G(alpha) subunits completely impaired light modulation, Both light sensitivity and dark recovery of the GTPase were affected by changes in free Ca2+. Dissociation of the putative G(alpha) subunits from the eyespot membranes was not observed when the membranes were illuminated. Our results emphasize the regulatory potential of G(alpha) subunits in rhodopsin-based signaling of flagellate green algae.



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APA: Calenberg, M., Brohsonn, U., Zedlacher, M., & Kreimer, G. (1998). Light- and Ca2+-modulated heterotrimeric GTPases in the eyespot apparatus of a flagellate green alga. Plant Cell, 10(1), 91-103. https://dx.doi.org/10.1105/tpc.10.1.91

MLA: Calenberg, Michael, et al. "Light- and Ca2+-modulated heterotrimeric GTPases in the eyespot apparatus of a flagellate green alga." Plant Cell 10.1 (1998): 91-103.

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