Springer Nature is making SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 research free. View research | View latest news | Sign up for updates

Ultrastructure of carotenoid mutant strain R-26 of Rhodopseudomonas sphaeroides

  • 31 Accesses

  • 14 Citations


Stained thin-sections and freeze-fractured preparations of the carotenoid-less mutant strain R-26 of Rhodopseudomonas sphaeroides grown photosynthetically revealed 2 morphological kinds of intracellular membrane systems- spherical vesicles distributed throughout the cytoplasm and lamellae confined to the periphery of the cell. The lamellar membranes appeared to be large, flattened vesicles.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.









  1. Branton, D. S., Bullivant, S., Gilula, N. B., Karnovsky, M. J., Moor, H., Muhlethaler, K., Northcote, D. H., Packer, L., Satir, B., Satir, P., Speth, V., Staehlin, L. A., Steere, R. L., Weinstein, R. S.: Freeze-etching nomenclature. Science 190,54–56 (1975)

  2. Cohen-Bazire, G.: Some observations on the organization of the photosynthetic apparatus in purple and green bacteria. In: Bacterial photosynthesis (H. Gest, A. San Pietro, L. P. Vernon, eds.), pp. 89–110. Yellow Springer, Ohio: Antioch 1963

  3. Cohen-Bazire, G., Sistrom, W. R., Stanier, R. Y.: Kinetic studies of pigment synthesis by non-sulfur purple bacteria. J. Cell. Comp. Physiol 49, 25–68 (1957)

  4. Crounse, J. B., Feldman, R. P., Clayton, R. K.: Accumulation of polyene precursors of neurosporene in mutant strains of Rhodopseudomonas sphaeroides. Nature (Lond.) 198, 1227–1228 (1963)

  5. Feher, G.: Some chemical and physical properties of a bacterial reaction center particle and its primary chemical reactants. Photochem. Photobiol 14, 373–387 (1971)

  6. Fuller, R. S., Conti, S. F., Mellin, D. B.: The structure of the photosynthetic apparatus in the green and purple sulfur bacteria. In: Bacterial photosynthesis (H. Gest, A. San Pietro, L. P. Vernon, eds.), pp. 71–80. Yellow Springs, Ohio: Antioch, 1963

  7. Hickman, D. D., Frenkel, A. W.: The structure of Rhodospirillum rubrum. J. Biochem. Biophys. Cytol. 6, 277–284 (1959)

  8. Maudinas, B., Oelze, J., Villoutreix, J., Reisinger, O.: The influence of 2-hydroxybiphenyl on membranes of Rhodospirillum rubrum. Arch. Microbiol. 93, 219–228 (1973)

  9. Oelze, J., Drews, G.: Membranes of photosynthetic bacteria. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 265, 209–239 (1972)

  10. Parson, W. W., Cogdell, R. J.: The primary photochemical reaction of bacterial photosynthesis. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 416, 105–149 (1975)

  11. Schön, G., Jank-Ladwig, R.: Veränderungen des intracytoplasmatischen Membransystems (Thylakoide) von Rhodospirillum rubrum unter Stickstofflimitierung. Arch. Mikrobiol. 85, 319–332 (1972)

  12. Vatter, A. E., Wolfe, R. S.: The structure of photosynthetic bacteria. J. Bacteriol 75, 480–488 (1958)

Download references

Author information

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Lommen, M.A.J., Takemoto, J. Ultrastructure of carotenoid mutant strain R-26 of Rhodopseudomonas sphaeroides . Arch. Microbiol. 118, 305–308 (1978). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00429122

Download citation

Key words

  • Carotenoid mutant strain R-26-Rhodopseudomonas sphaeroides
  • Electron microscopy
  • Intracellular membranes