Photobiology of Carotenoid Protection

  • N. I. Krinsky
Part of the Photobiology book series (PB)


When Sistrom, Griffiths, and Stanier (1) reported that carotenoid pigments protect cells against light under aerobic conditions in the purple-sulfur bacterium Rhodopseudomonas spheroides, they proposed that these pigments acted as “chemical buffers” and were oxidized during the process. They suggested that carotenoid epoxides might be the product of this chemical buffering effect. Carotenoid epoxides, however, although widely distributed in nature, have never been observed in bacteria (2). The function of carotenoid epoxides is still unknown but is under active investigation (3).


Triplet State Singlet Oxygen Carotenoid Pigment Dimethyl Ester Photosensitize Oxidation 


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  • N. I. Krinsky
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  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and PharmacologyTufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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