Biochemistry (Moscow)

, Volume 79, Issue 3, pp 205–212 | Cite as

Interaction of molecular oxygen with the donor side of photosystem II after destruction of the water-oxidizing complex

  • D. V. YanykinEmail author
  • A. A. Khorobrykh
  • O. M. Zastrizhnaya
  • V. V. Klimov


Photosystem II (PSII) is a pigment-protein complex of thylakoid membrane of higher plants, algae, and cyanobacteria where light energy is used for oxidation of water and reduction of plastoquinone. Light-dependent reactions (generation of excited states of pigments, electron transfer, water oxidation) taking place in PSII can lead to the formation of reactive oxygen species. In this review attention is focused on the problem of interaction of molecular oxygen with the donor site of PSII, where after the removal of manganese from the water-oxidizing complex illumination induces formation of long-lived states (P680 and TyrZ·) capable of oxidizing surrounding organic molecules to form radicals.

Key words

photosystem II reactive oxygen species manganese hydroperoxides 



PSII membrane fragments deprived of the WOC




PSII reaction center polypeptide






standard oxidation-reduction potential


electron transport chain


photoinduced changes of chlorophyll fluorescence yield related to the photoreduction of the primary quinone acceptor QA


hydroxyl radical


hydrogen peroxide


hydrophilic hydroperoxides


lipophilic hydroperoxides


m-chloroperbenzoic acid

Mn4CaO5 cluster

the catalytic inorganic core of the PSII WOC


an intermediate both in the photoassembly and disassembly of the WOC


singlet oxygen


superoxide anion radical


primary electron donor of PSII


pheophytin, the primary electron acceptor of PSII


photosystem II


reaction center


organic peroxides


reactive oxygen species


superoxide dismutases






redox active tyrosine residue of D1 protein


water-oxidizing complex


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. V. Yanykin
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. A. Khorobrykh
    • 1
  • O. M. Zastrizhnaya
    • 1
  • V. V. Klimov
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Basic Biological ProblemsRussian Academy of SciencesPushchino, Moscow RegionRussia

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