Werner C, Richter OM, Ludwig B
A Novel Heme a Insertion Factor Gene Cotranscribes with the Thermus thermophilus Cytochrome ba3 Oxidase Locus.
J Bacteriol. 2010 Sep;192(18):4712-9
Authors: Werner C, Richter OM, Ludwig B
Studying the biogenesis of the Thermus thermophilus cytochrome ba(3) oxidase, we analyze heme a cofactor insertion into this membrane protein complex. Only three proteins linked to oxidase maturation have been described for this extreme thermophile, and in particular, no evidence for a canonical Surf1 homologue, required for heme a insertion, is available from genome sequence data. Here, we characterize the product of an open reading frame, cbaX, in the operon encoding subunits of the ba(3)-type cytochrome c oxidase. CbaX shares no sequence identity with any known oxidase biogenesis factor, and CbaX homologues are found only in the Thermaceae group. In a series of cbaX deletion and complementation experiments, we demonstrate that the resulting ba(3) oxidase complexes, affinity purified via an internally inserted His tag located in subunit I, are severely affected in their enzymatic activities and heme compositions in both the low- and high-spin sites. Thus, CbaX displays typical features of a generic Surf1 factor essential for binding and positioning the heme a moiety for correct assembly into the protein scaffold of oxidase subunit I.
PMID: 20622059 [PubMed - in process]