Surface Electric Properties of Cyanobacterial Thylakoids

  • K. Kalosaka
  • B. R. Velthuys
  • J. M. Briantais
  • G. C. Papageorgiou


All biological membranes, including the thylakoid membrane of photosynthetic organisms, carry fixed electric charges on their surfaces, which are due to exposed ionized groups of molecules that are integrated in the membraie1–6 The reported surface charge density is in the region of 1–3 μC/cm2, in the particular case of thylakoids, the light transducing membrane vesicles of oxygenic photosynthetic organisms. When the electrically charged surface is in contact with a solution of electrolytes, two layers of electric charge are formed, with one layer localized on the surface plane of the membrane and the other, the diffuse layer, localized in the solution.


Thylakoid Membrane Methyl Viologen Surface Charge Density Apparent Rate Constant P700 Site 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Kalosaka
    • 1
  • B. R. Velthuys
    • 2
  • J. M. Briantais
    • 2
  • G. C. Papageorgiou
    • 1
  1. 1.Dapartment of BiologyNational Research Center DemokritosAthensGreece
  2. 2.Laboratoire de PhotosyntheseC. N. R. S.Gif-sur-YvetteFrance

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