The Supramolecular Structure of the Light-Harvesting System of Cyanobacteria and Red Algae

  • W. Lange
  • G.-H. Schatz
  • C. Wilhelm
  • E. Mörschel


Phycobilisomes are the major light-harvesting antennae of cyano-bacteria and red algae. They transfer the absorbed light energy with high efficiency to photosystem II (PSII). The phycobilisomes are bound to the external surface of the thylakoids where they are organized to well aligned arrays (1). They are bound to PSII, as was shown by the isolation of oxygen-evolving PSII-phycobilisome complexes (2). It was the aim of our studies to examine the structure and organization of PSII-phycobilisome complexes of cyanobacteria and red algae.


Particle Package PSII Complex Porphyridium Cruentum Absorbed Light Energy PSII Particle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Lange
    • 1
  • G.-H. Schatz
    • 2
  • C. Wilhelm
    • 3
  • E. Mörschel
    • 1
  1. 1.FB Biologie der Philipps-UniversitätMarburgGermany
  2. 2.MPI für StrahlenchemieMülheimGermany
  3. 3.Institut für Allgemeine BotanikMainzGermany

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