Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 143, Issue 1, pp 94–99

Glycolipids and the structure of chlorosomes in green bacteria

  • Helge Holo
  • Margrethe Broch-Due
  • John G. Ormerod
Original Papers

DOI: 10.1007/BF00414775

Cite this article as:
Holo, H., Broch-Due, M. & Ormerod, J.G. Arch. Microbiol. (1985) 143: 94. doi:10.1007/BF00414775


  1. 1.

    The cellular content of galactolipids in Chlorobium and Chloroflexus is not related to bacteriochlorophyll content nor to the total amount of chlorosome material in the cells.

  2. 2.

    Chlorosomes of both bacteria were agglutinated by Ricinus lectin and the agglutination was increased after treatment of the chlorosomes with trypsin.

  3. 3.

    When cell free preparations of both bacteria were treated with trypsin prior to centrifugation on sucrose gradients, the resulting chlorosome fractions were less contaminated with material derived from the cytoplasmic membrane than when trypsin was not employed.


Key words

Green bacteria Chlorobium Chloroflexus Chlorosomes Galactolipids 



monogalactosyl diglyceride


diglycosyl diglyceride



Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Helge Holo
    • 1
  • Margrethe Broch-Due
    • 1
  • John G. Ormerod
    • 1
  1. 1.Botany DepartmentUniversity of OsloOslo 3Norway
  2. 2.Institute of Fishery Technology ResearchTromsøNorway

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