By T. Burger-Wiersma, H. C. P. Matthijs (auth.), Geoff A. Codd, Lubbert Dijkhuizen, F. Robert Tabita (eds.)
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They found that Anabaena could accumulate Ci (HC03- + C02) to a concentration of 4 mM within the cells even when the extracellular Ci concentration had dropped to about 3,uM (Badger et aI. 1978). Hence, Ci was accumulated in excess of 1000-fold over the extracellular concentration. More significantly, with respect to the C02 - using RuBisCo, the C02 concentration at the site of RuBisCo can be calculated as about 240 ,uM, assuming rapid interconversion of C02 and HC03- within the cells (Badger and Price 1989; Tu et aI.
Such high intracellular 02 concentrations would undoubtedly be toxic. Overall, then, it seems unlikely that the resistance to C02 leakage is at or near the plasmalemma. G. Miller called carboxysomes (Codd and Marsden 1984; Coleman et al. 1982; Shively 1988). The carboxysomes are 100-200 nanometers in diameter with a 3-4 nanometer thick membrane or shell surrounding them (Codd and Marsden 1984; Shively 1988). In addition to RuBisCo they also contain CA activity, at least in Synechococcus (Badger and Price 1989).
1988; Volokita et al. 1984). Badger and Andrews (1982) were the first to suggest that C02 and HC03- might be substrates for a single complex transport system. Volokita et al. (1984) put forward a more explicit model (Fig. 2A) that involved a 'HC03- pOl :er' as the actual translocating element in the complex. According to this model, active C02 transport involves the conversion of C02 to HCOr in the membrane by a 'CA-like moiety' (Fig. 2A). The HC03- ions so formed are passed on to the 'HCOr porter' for translocation to the cytoplasmic side of the membrane.