Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 89, Issue 1, pp 43–48

Binding of a Transition State Analog to Newly Synthesized Rubisco


  • Boovaraghan Balaji
    • Biology DepartmentRensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    • Division of Plant SciencesUniversity of Missouri
  • Michele Gilson
    • Biology DepartmentRensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    • Biology DepartmentRensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Regular Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11120-006-9067-7

Cite this article as:
Balaji, B., Gilson, M. & Roy, H. Photosynth Res (2006) 89: 43. doi:10.1007/s11120-006-9067-7


Radioactive amino acids, when added to isolated pea chloroplasts or chloroplast extracts engaged in protein synthesis, are incorporated into Rubisco large subunits that co-migrate with native Rubisco during nondenaturing electrophoresis. We have added the transition state analog 2′-carboxyarabinitol bisphosphate (CABP) to chloroplast extracts after in organello or in vitro incorporation of radioactive amino acids into Rubisco large subunits. Upon addition of CABP the radioactive bands co-migrating with native Rubisco undergo a readily detected shift in electrophoretic mobility just as the native enzyme, thus demonstrating the ability of the newly assembled molecules to interact with this transition state analog.


ChaperoninRubiscoProtein synthesisAssembly



2-carboxyarabinitol 1,5-bisphosophate

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