The Role of Cations in the Photoinduced Electron Transport of Cyanobacteria

  • G. C. Papageorgiou
  • K. Kalosaka
  • T. Lagoyanni
  • G. Sotiropoulou
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The complex series of cooperative photophysical, physicochemical and biochemical processes, whose integrated outcome is oxygenic photosynthesis, takes place in the thylakoid membrane of plants, which is electrically charged on both sides. Due to the preponderence of ionized negative groups (protein carboxyls, pKa = 3.8−4.8; phospholipid and sulfolipid headgroups, pKa =2.0), over positive groups (amino-, guanidino-, imidazolylo-; pKa =9.2−12.5), the net charge on the surfaces of the membrane is negative. The overall surface charge density,taking into account both sides of the membrane, is approx. 1–3 μC/m2. The outer thylakoid surface has a pKa of 4.3, and the inner of 4.1, indicating that all these groups are ionized in the physiological pH range (reviewed in 1–4). This surface electricity underlies an extensive body of phenomenology reported in the literature, concerning the regulatory effects of electrolytes, and particularly of cations, on the partial processes of photosynthesis. Applying the Gouy-Chapman theory of the diffuse double layer, Barber [1,2] made a serious attempt to systematize many of the reported observations.


Thylakoid Membrane Diffuse Double Layer High Plant Chloroplast Dark Reduction Anacystis Nidulans 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. C. Papageorgiou
    • 1
  • K. Kalosaka
    • 1
  • T. Lagoyanni
    • 1
  • G. Sotiropoulou
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyNuclear Research Center DemokritosAghia Paraskevi, AthensGreece

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