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Type: Journal article
Title: A recruiting protein of geranylgeranyl diphosphate synthase controls metabolic flux toward chlorophyll biosynthesis in rice
Author: Zhou, F.
Wang, C.
Gutensohn, M.
Jiang, L.
Zhang, P.
Zhang, D.
Dudareva, N.
Lua, S.
Citation: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, 2017; 114(26):6866-6871
Publisher: National Academy of Sciences
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 0027-8424
1091-6490
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Fei Zhou, Cheng-Yuan Wang, Michael Gutensohn, Ling Jiang, Peng Zhang, Dabing Zhang, Natalia Dudareva and Shan Lu
Abstract: In plants, geranylgeranyl diphosphate (GGPP) is produced by plastidic GGPP synthase (GGPPS) and serves as a precursor for vital metabolic branches, including chlorophyll, carotenoid, and gibberellin biosynthesis. However, molecular mechanisms regulating GGPP allocation among these biosynthetic pathways localized in the same subcellular compartment are largely unknown. We found that rice contains only one functionally active GGPPS, OsGGPPS1, in chloroplasts. A functionally active homodimeric enzyme composed of two OsGGPPS1 subunits is located in the stroma. In thylakoid membranes, however, the GGPPS activity resides in a heterodimeric enzyme composed of one OsGGPPS1 subunit and GGPPS recruiting protein (OsGRP). OsGRP is structurally most similar to members of the geranyl diphosphate synthase small subunit type II subfamily. In contrast to members of this subfamily, OsGRP enhances OsGGPPS1 catalytic efficiency and specificity of GGPP production on interaction with OsGGPPS1. Structural biology and protein interaction analyses demonstrate that affinity between OsGRP and OsGGPPS1 is stronger than between two OsGGPPS1 molecules in homodimers. OsGRP determines OsGGPPS1 suborganellar localization and directs it to a large protein complex in thylakoid membranes, consisting of geranylgeranyl reductase (OsGGR), light-harvesting-like protein 3 (OsLIL3), protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase (OsPORB), and chlorophyll synthase (OsCHLG). Taken together, genetic and biochemical analyses suggest OsGRP functions in recruiting OsGGPPS1 from the stroma toward thylakoid membranes, thus providing a mechanism to control GGPP flux toward chlorophyll biosynthesis.
Keywords: Thylakoids
Chlorophyll
Multiprotein Complexes
Plant Proteins
Geranyltranstransferase
Oryza
Rights: For volumes 106–114 (2009–September 2017), the author(s) retains copyright to individual articles, and NAS retains an exclusive License to Publish these articles and holds copyright to the collective work.
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1705689114
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