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Chlorophyll-Proteins: Membrane-Bound Photoreceptor Complexes in Plants

  • J. Philip Thornber
  • Randall S. Alberte

Abstract

The chlorophyll in photosynthetic organisms can be divided on a functional basis into two distinct categories. One category is represented by the light-harvesting or antennae chlorophylls which account for the vast majority of the chlorophyll in the membrane. The other category is represented by only a few (1%) specialized chlorophylls. The former group functions in absorbing and efficiently transferring the energy of light to the latter few specialized chlorophylls. These specialized chlorophylls reside in what is termed a reaction center, where they function as the electron donor in the primary photochemical event of the photosynthetic process. These two chlorophyll groups are amalgamated with a primary electron acceptor as well as with other electron-transfer components into a functional photosynthetic entity called a photo-system. In plant photosynthesis two such photosystems, photosystems II and I, act in series to bring about the transfer of electrons from water to NADP+. This electron flow is accompanied by the formation of ATP.

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Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate Sodium Dodecyl Benzene Sulfonate Sodium Dodecyl Benzene Sulfonate Chloroplast Membrane Photosynthetic Membrane 
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  • J. Philip Thornber
    • 1
  • Randall S. Alberte
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biology and Molecular Biology InstituteUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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