Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 85, Issue 1, pp 115–131

High potential iron–sulfur proteins and their role as soluble electron carriers in bacterial photosynthesis: tale of a discovery


DOI: 10.1007/s11120-004-6556-4

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Ciurli, S. & Musiani, F. Photosynth Res (2005) 85: 115. doi:10.1007/s11120-004-6556-4


This review is an attempt to retrace the chronicle of the discovery of the role of high-potential iron–sulfur proteins (HiPIPs) as electron carriers in the photosynthetic chain of bacteria. Data and facts are presented through the magnifying lenses of the authors, using their best judgment to filter and elaborate on the many facets of the research carried out on this class of proteins over the years. The tale is divided into four main periods: the seeds, the blooming, the ripening, and the harvest, representing the times from the discovery of these proteins to the most recent advancements in the understanding of the relationship between their structure and their function.


bacterial photosynthesiselectron transferhigh potential iron–sulfur proteinmolecular modelingphotosynthetic reaction centerprotein dockingtetraheme cytochrome subunit

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Bioinorganic Chemistry, Department of Agro-Environmental Science and TechnologyUniversity of Bologna Viale Giuseppe Fanin 40BolognaItaly