Genes and Polypeptides of Photosystem II

  • John C. Gray
  • Sean M. Hird
  • Richard Wales
  • Andrew N. Webber
  • David L. Willey
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 168)


Photosystem II catalyses the light-driven transfer of electrons from water to plastoquinone, producing oxygen and generating a proton gradient across the thylakoid membrane. The complex may be regarded as made up of three assemblies of polypeptides: a light-harvesting complex (LHCH), a core complex containing the reaction centre and two antenna chlorophyll proteins, and an extrinsic complex concerned with oxygen evolution. Photosystem II is structually the most complex of the supramolecular assemblies of the thylakoid membrane and is currently recognised to be composed of at least 20 different polypeptides.1


Thylakoid Membrane Chloroplast Gene Thylakoid Lumen Stromal Side Mature Polypeptide 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • John C. Gray
    • 1
  • Sean M. Hird
    • 1
  • Richard Wales
    • 1
  • Andrew N. Webber
    • 1
  • David L. Willey
    • 1
  1. 1.Botany SchoolUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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