Cyanobacterial NDH-1 complexes: novel insights and remaining puzzles

Biochim Biophys Acta. 2011 Aug;1807(8):935-44. doi: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2010.10.017. Epub 2010 Oct 28.


Cyanobacterial NDH-1 complexes belong to a family of energy converting NAD(P)H:Quinone oxidoreductases that includes bacterial type-I NADH dehydrogenase and mitochondrial Complex I. Several distinct NDH-1 complexes may coexist in cyanobacterial cells and thus be responsible for a variety of functions including respiration, cyclic electron flow around PSI and CO(2) uptake. The present review is focused on specific features that allow to regard the cyanobacterial NDH-1 complexes, together with NDH complexes from chloroplasts, as a separate sub-class of the Complex I family of enzymes. Here, we summarize our current knowledge about structure of functionally different NDH-1 complexes in cyanobacteria and consider implications for a functional mechanism. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Regulation of Electron Transport in Chloroplasts.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Proteins / metabolism*
  • Cyanobacteria / enzymology*
  • Electron Transport / physiology
  • Multienzyme Complexes / metabolism*
  • NAD(P)H Dehydrogenase (Quinone) / metabolism*


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Multienzyme Complexes
  • NAD(P)H Dehydrogenase (Quinone)