Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 97, Issue 3, pp 255–261

Tracking the molecular evolution of photosynthesis through characterization of atomic contents of the photosynthetic units

Regular Paper


Oxygen molecules have a great impact on protein evolution. We have performed a comparative study of key photosynthetic proteins in order to seek the answer to the question; did the evolutionary substitution of oxygen- and nitrogen-containing residues in the photosynthetic proteins correspond to nutrient constraints and metabolic optimization? The D1 peptide in RC II complexes has higher oxygen-containing amino acid residues and PufL/PufM have lower oxygen content in their peptides. In this article, we also discuss the possible influences of micro-environment and the available nutrients on the protein structure and their atomic distribution.


Evolution of photosynthesis Reaction center Light-harvesting protein Chlorophyll-binding protein Protein evolution 



Accessory chlorophyll-binding proteins


Core antenna polypeptide of oxygenic photosynthetic reaction center II


Core polypeptides of oxygenic photosynthetic reaction center II


Iron-stress induced protein A


Prochlorophytes chlorophyll-binding protein




Core polypeptides of oxygenic photosynthetic reaction center I


Core polypeptide of PSI-type reaction center in C. limicola


Core polypeptide of bacterial photosynthetic reaction center (Type II)


Reaction center


Core polypeptide of PSI-type reaction center complex in H. mobilis


NCBI reference sequences collection


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.School of Environmental SciencesBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.School of Information TechnologiesUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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