Delipidation of cytochrome c oxidase from Rhodobacter sphaeroides destabilizes its quaternary structure

Andrej Musatov, Rastislav Varhač, Jonathan P. Hosler, Erik Sedlák

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations


Delipidation of detergent-solubilized cytochrome c oxidase isolated from Rhodobacter sphaeroides (Rbs-CcO) has no apparent structural and/or functional effect on the protein, however affects its resistance against thermal or chemical denaturation. Phospholipase A2 (PLA2) hydrolysis of phospholipids that are co-purified with the enzyme removes all but two tightly bound phosphatidylethanolamines. Replacement of the removed phospholipids with nonionic detergent decreases both thermal stability of the enzyme and its resilience against the effect of chemical denaturants such as urea. In contrast to nondelipidated Rbs-CcO, the enzymatic activity of PLA2-treated Rbs-CcO is substantially diminished after exposure to high (>4 M) urea concentration at room temperature without an alteration of its secondary structure. Absorbance spectroscopy and sedimentation velocity experiments revealed a strong correlation between intact tertiary structure of heme regions and quaternary structure, respectively, and the enzymatic activity of the protein. We concluded that phospholipid environment of Rbs-CcO has the protective role for stability of its tertiary and quaternary structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-31
Number of pages9
StatePublished - Jun 2016


  • Chemical denaturation
  • Delipidation
  • Membrane protein stability
  • Protein-lipid interaction
  • Thermal denaturation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Delipidation of cytochrome c oxidase from Rhodobacter sphaeroides destabilizes its quaternary structure'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this