Modeling of the Primary Processes in a Photosynthetic Membrane

  • Andrew Rubin
  • Galina Riznichenko
Part of the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration book series (AIPH, volume 29)

In this chapter general kinetic and “direct” simulatory multiparticle computer models of processes occurring in a photosynthetic membrane are described. The general kinetic model of the primary photosynthetic processes in a thylakoid membrane is based on the system of ordinary differential equations, describing the processes in multi-enzyme complexes of Photosystem I, Photosystem II and Cytochrome b6f complex, coupled to transmembrane proton and other ion transport and generation of transmembrane electrochemical potential. This model allows us to follow simultaneous kinetic changes of different variables, including concentrations of electron carriers at different redox states, electrical and electrochemical potential values; it adequately describes a set of fluorescence induction curves experimentally recorded at different light intensities under continuous illumination and after a short laser flash.

The direct multiparticle computer model, presented in this chapter, describes processes proceeding in the simulated membrane “scene”, which includes stroma, lumen and intramembrane compartments constructed according to structural data. Motions of mobile electron carriers are described using the formalism of Brownian dynamics. The simulatory model allows us to follow not only the kinetics, but it also mimics the visual image of the behavior of electron carriers. Such a model reveals the role of heterogeneous distribution of photoreaction centers and other elements of geometric membrane structure and of the spatial organization of the photosynthetic membrane.


Thylakoid Membrane Brownian Dynamic Photosynthetic Membrane Induction Curve Cyclic Electron Transport 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew Rubin
    • 1
  • Galina Riznichenko
    • 1
  1. 1.Biophysical Department, Biological FacultyMoscow State Lomonosov UniversityMoscowRussia

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