The location of cysteines accessible in octopus rhodopsin were characterized by a spin-labeling technique. Two cysteines were found to bind a methanthiosulfonate spin label. One of the spin labels is attached to helix V with the side chain located within the membrane, most probably close to the polar head group region. The second spin label was found to be attached to cysteine 345 in the C terminus. Light-induced reversible electron paramagnetic resonance spectral changes were observed for the spin label attached at position 345. It is concluded that conformational changes occur during the rhodopsin to metarhodopsin transition in the vicinity of the C-terminus position 345.
PMID: 8823930, UI: 96421246