Ferredoxin and Ferredoxin-Dependent Enzymes

  • David B. Knaff
Part of the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration book series (AIPH, volume 4)


Ferredoxin, a Mr=11 kDa protein that contains a single low potential [2Fe-2S] cluster, serves as the ultimate acceptor of electrons from Photosystem I. In addition to serving as the electron donor for NADP+ reduction, a reaction catalyzed by the FAD-containing, membrane-associated enzyme ferredoxin: NADP+ oxidoreductase, ferredoxin also serves as the electron donor to a number of soluble enzymes involved in nitrogen metabolism, sulfur metabolism and the regulation of carbon metabolism. This chapter describes the current state of our knowledge of the structure of ferredoxin and of these ferredoxin-dependent enzymes, of the biosynthesis of these proteins and of the mode of interaction between ferredoxin and its electron-accepting, reaction-partner proteins.


Nitrite Reductase Sulfite Reductase Anabaena Variabilis Chemical Modification Study Spinach Ferredoxin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David B. Knaff
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and BiochemistryTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA
  2. 2.Institute for BiotechnologyTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA

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