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Lipids in Photosynthesis

Volume 30 of the series Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration pp 295-328

Architecture of Thylakoid Membrane Networks

  • Reinat NevoAffiliated withDepartment of Biological Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science Email author 
  • , Silvia G. ChuartzmanAffiliated withDepartment of Biological Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • , Onie TsabariAffiliated withDepartment of Biological Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • , Ziv ReichAffiliated withDepartment of Biological Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • , Dana CharuviAffiliated withThe Robert H. Smith Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Email author 
  • , Eyal ShimoniAffiliated withElectron Microscopy Unit, Weizmann Institute of Science

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Summary

The primary events of oxygenic photosynthesis are carried out within intricate membrane lamellar systems called thylakoid networks. These networks, which are present in cyanobacteria, algae, and higher plants, accommodate all of the molecular complexes necessary for the light-driven reactions of photosynthesis and provide a medium for energy transduction. Here, we describe the ultrastructure of thylakoid membranes and their three-dimensional organization in various organisms along the evolutionary tree. Along the way we discuss issues pertaining to the formation and maintenance of these membranes, the means by which they enable molecular traffic within and across them, and the manner by which they respond to short- and long-term variations in light conditions.