Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 94, Issue 2, pp 225–233

Engineering model proteins for Photosystem II function

Authors

    • Research School of Biological SciencesAustralian National University
  • Warwick Hillier
    • Research School of Biological SciencesAustralian National University
  • Brendon Conlan
    • Research School of Biological SciencesAustralian National University
review

DOI: 10.1007/s11120-007-9271-0

Cite this article as:
Wydrzynski, T., Hillier, W. & Conlan, B. Photosynth Res (2007) 94: 225. doi:10.1007/s11120-007-9271-0

Abstract

Our knowledge of Photosystem II and the molecular mechanism of oxygen production are rapidly advancing. The time is now ripe to exploit this knowledge and use it as a blueprint for the development of light-driven catalysts, ultimately for the splitting of water into O2 and H2. In this article, we outline the background and our approach to this technological application through the reverse engineering of Photosystem II into model proteins.

Keywords

BiocatalystH2 productionPhotosystem IIProtein engineeringWater splitting

Abbreviations

BChl

Bacteriochlorophyll

BRC

Bacterial reaction center

BFR

Bacterioferritin

Chl

Chlorophyll

CoQ0

Coenzyme Q without the hydrophobic tail

Cyt

Cytochrome

Em

Midpoint redox potential

H-bond

Hydrogen bond

LH(C)

Light harvesting (complex)

M4

Tetranuclear manganese/calcium cluster

P

Reaction center chlorophyll complex

PSII(I)

Photosystem II (I)

Q

Quinone

Rubisco

Ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase

Y

Redox-active tyrosine

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