Novel molecular insights into the function and the antioxidative stress response of a Peroxiredoxin Q protein from cyanobacteria

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The Peroxiredoxin Q (PrxQ) proteins are thiol-based peroxidases that are important for maintaining redox homeostasis in several organisms. Activity of PrxQs is mediated by two cysteines, peroxidatic (Cp) and resolving (Cr), in association with a reducing partner. A PrxQ, Alr3183, from the cyanobacterium, Anabaena PCC 7120, was characterized in this study. Alr3183, which required thioredoxin A (TrxA) for peroxidase activity, was an intramolecular disulfide bond-containing monomeric protein. However, Alr3183 lacking Cp (Alr3183C46S) or Cr (Alr3183C51S) formed intermolecular disulfide linkages and was dimeric. Alr3183C46S was completely inactive, while Alr3183C51S required higher concentration of TrxA for peroxidase activity. Surface plasmon resonance analysis showed that unlike Alr3183 or Alr3183C46S, Alr3183C51S bound rather poorly to TrxA. Also, compared to the oxidized protein, the DTT-treated (reduced) Alr3183 displayed decreased interaction with TrxA. In vivo, Alr3183 was found to be induced in response to γ-radiation. On exposure to H2O2, Anabaena strain over-expressing Alr3183 showed reduced formation of ROS, intact photosynthetic pigments and consequently better survival than the wild-type, whereas overproduction of Alr3183C46S did not provide any protection. Significantly, this study (1) reveals the importance of Cr for interaction with thioredoxins and (2) demonstrates that over-expression of PrxQs can protect cyanobacteria from oxidative stresses.

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