A novel peridinin—chlorophyll a protein (PCP) from the marine dinoflagellate Alexandrium cohorticula: A high pigment content and plural spectral forms of peridinin and chlorophyll a


AbstractA new type of peridinin—chlorophyll a protein (PCP) was isolated from the marine dinoflagellate Alexandrium cohorticula. Unlike previous studies, PCP was obtained as a single component in the presence of a protease inhibitor. The monomer had a molecular mass of 37 kDa with 12 peridinin molecules associated with 2 chl a molecules. This pigment content was much higher than that reported previously. We observed a partial amino acid sequence of the N-terminus that is novel among photosynthetic pigment—protein complexes. Magnetic circular dichroism clearly indicated that chl a in PCP had monomeric features. Multiple spectral components were suggested for both chl a and peridinin. Based on the high pigment content, the optical properties were compared with those for a reported PCP containing 4 chl a and 1 peridinin

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