The Journal of Membrane Biology

, Volume 247, Issue 4, pp 345–355 | Cite as

An Investigation into Membrane Bound Redox Carriers Involved in Energy Transduction Mechanism in Brevibacterium linens DSM 20158 with Unsequenced Genome

  • Khadija Shabbiri
  • Catherine H. Botting
  • Ahmad Adnan
  • Matthew Fuszard
  • Shahid Naseem
  • Safeer Ahmed
  • Shahida Shujaat
  • Quratulain Syed
  • Waqar Ahmad


Brevibacterium linens (B. linens) DSM 20158 with an unsequenced genome can be used as a non-pathogenic model to study features it has in common with other unsequenced pathogens of the same genus on the basis of comparative proteome analysis. The most efficient way to kill a pathogen is to target its energy transduction mechanism. In the present study, we have identified the redox protein complexes involved in the electron transport chain of B. linens DSM 20158 from their clear homology with the shot-gun genome sequenced strain BL2 of B. linens by using the SDS–Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis coupled with nano LC–MS/MS mass spectrometry. B. linens is found to have a branched electron transport chain (Respiratory chain), in which electrons can enter the respiratory chain either at NADH (Complex I) or at Complex II level or at the cytochrome level. Moreover, we are able to isolate, purify, and characterize the membrane bound Complex II (succinate dehydrogenase), Complex III (menaquinone cytochrome c reductase cytochrome c subunit, Complex IV (cytochrome c oxidase), and Complex V (ATP synthase) of B. linens strain DSM 20158.


Redox proteins Cytochromes Isolation Purification Characterization Proteomics 



We would like to thank the Wellcome Trust for funding the purchase of the ABSciex QStar XL mass spectrometer and The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan is thanked for scholarship (IRSIP) funding to KS.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Khadija Shabbiri
    • 1
    • 2
  • Catherine H. Botting
    • 2
  • Ahmad Adnan
    • 1
  • Matthew Fuszard
    • 2
  • Shahid Naseem
    • 1
  • Safeer Ahmed
    • 3
  • Shahida Shujaat
    • 4
  • Quratulain Syed
    • 5
  • Waqar Ahmad
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryGC University LahoreLahorePakistan
  2. 2.Biomedical Sciences Research ComplexUniversity of St. AndrewsFifeScotland, UK
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryQuaid-i-Azam UniversityIslamabadPakistan
  4. 4.Department of ChemistryLahore College for Women UniversityLahorePakistan
  5. 5.Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Labs ComplexLahorePakistan
  6. 6.School of Biological SciencesThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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