Several cyanobacteria adjust both the phycobiliprotein and linker protein composition of the phycobilisome, a light-harvesting complex in cyanobacteria and some eucaryotic algae, to maximize absorption of prevalent wavelengths of light. This process is called complementary chromatic adaptation. We sequenced the amino terminus of a linker polypeptide which is associated with phycocyanin and accumulates to high levels during growth of the cyanobacterium Fremyella diplosiphon in red light. A mixed oligonucleotide encoding a region of this amino terminus was synthesized and used to identify a fragment of F. diplosiphon genomic DNA encoding the linker polypeptide. This linker gene was located between two other linker genes and contiguous to the red-light-induced phycocyanin gene set. Sequences of all three linker genes are presented. These genes were transcribed together onto a large polycistronic mRNA which also encoded the red-light-induced phycocyanin subunits. The relationship of this transcript to the biogenesis of the phycobilisome when F. diplosiphon is grown under different conditions of illumination is discussed
Isolation and characterization of light-regulated phycobilisome linker polypeptide genes and their transcription as a polycistronic mRNA
Lomax, T., Conley, PB., Schilling, J., & Grossman, AR. (1987). Isolation and characterization of light-regulated phycobilisome linker polypeptide genes and their transcription as a polycistronic mRNA. Journal of Bacteriology, 169(6), 2675-2684.