Eight chlorophyll-proteins were resolved from the thylakoid membranes, or digitonin particles, of a thermophilic cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Six chlorophyll-proteins with slower electrophoretic mobilities were shown to be P700-chlorophyll a-protein complexes (CP1), whereas faster-moving proteins (CP2) were related to photosystem 2. Extraction of CP1 complexes from the membranes with different detergent/chlorophyll ratios and reelectrophoresis of extracted CP1 complexes indicated that the chlorophyll-proteins are closely interrelated with each other; any CP1 complex could be transformed to other CP1 complexes with faster electrophoretic mobilities. This, together with the Ferguson plot and the polypeptide composition, showed that six CP1 complexes are different in terms of polypeptide composition, oligomerization, SDS-binding, or conformation of the proteins but represent, in the order of increasing electrophoretic mobility, increasing degree of modification of the native P700-chlorophyll a-protein.
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