Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 81, Issue 3, pp 215–225

Structure and Function of the Water-Soluble Carotenoid-Binding Proteins of Cyanobacteria

  • Cheryl A. Kerfeld

DOI: 10.1023/B:PRES.0000036886.60187.c8

Cite this article as:
Kerfeld, C.A. Photosynthesis Research (2004) 81: 215. doi:10.1023/B:PRES.0000036886.60187.c8


The orange carotenoid protein (OCP) and its derivative, the red carotenoid protein (RCP), appear to play important photoprotective roles in cyanobacteria. Structural and functional characterization is gradually elucidating the specific details of how carotenoid-protein interactions, including the role of six methionine residues oriented toward the pigment, contribute to the spectral and functional properties of these proteins.

carotenoid crystallography photoprotection photosynthesis 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cheryl A. Kerfeld
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  1. 1.Molecular Biology InstituteUCLALos AngelesUSA