Evidence for the Presence of a

Evidence for the presence of a [2Fe-2S] ferredoxin in bean sprouts.

Biochim Biophys Acta 1988 Jul 6;934(2):169-76
Hirasawa M, Sung JD, Malkin R, Zilber A, Droux M, Knaff DB.
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas Tech University, Lubbock 79409-1061.

An iron-sulfur protein with properties similar to those of ferredoxins found in the leaves of higher plants has been isolated from bean sprouts–a non-photosynthetic plant tissue. The bean sprout protein has a molecular mass of 12.5 kDa and appears to contain a single [2Fe-2S] cluster. The absorbance and circular dichroism spectra of the bean sprout protein resemble those of spinach leaf ferredoxin and the bean sprout protein can replace spinach ferredoxin as an electron donor for NADP+ reduction, nitrite reduction and thioredoxin reduction by spinach leaf enzymes. Although the reduced bean sprout protein (Em = -440 mV) is a slightly stronger reductant than spinach ferredoxin and appears to be less acidic than spinach ferredoxin, the two proteins are similar enough so that the bean sprout protein is recognized by an antibody raised against spinach ferredoxin