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The mechanism of charge recombination of the S(2)Q(A)(-) state in photosystem II was investigated by modifying the free energy gap between the quinone acceptor Q(A) and the primary pheophytin acceptor Ph. This was done either by changing the midpoint potential of Ph (using mutants of the cyanobacterium Synechocystis with a modified hydrogen bond to this(More)
The energetic metabolism of photosynthetic organisms is profoundly influenced by state transitions and cyclic electron flow around photosystem I. The former involve a reversible redistribution of the light-harvesting antenna between photosystem I and photosystem II and optimize light energy utilization in photosynthesis whereas the latter process modulates(More)
Photosynthesis is the biological process that feeds the biosphere with reduced carbon. The assimilation of CO2 requires the fine tuning of two co-existing functional modes: linear electron flow, which provides NADPH and ATP, and cyclic electron flow, which only sustains ATP synthesis. Although the importance of this fine tuning is appreciated, its mechanism(More)
Recent progress in two-dimensional and three-dimensional electron and X-ray crystallography of Photosystem II (PSII) core complexes has led to major advances in the structural definition of this integral membrane protein complex. Despite the overall structural and kinetic similarity of the PSII reaction centers to their purple non-sulfur photosynthetic(More)
Site-directed mutations were introduced to replace D1-His198 and D2-His197 of the D1 and D2 polypeptides, respectively, of the photosystem II (PSII) reaction center of Synechocystis PCC 6803. These residues coordinate chlorophylls P(A) and P(B) which are homologous to the special pair Bchlorophylls of the bacterial reaction centers that are coordinated(More)
We investigated the dependence of both the quantum yield of charge separation and pathways of charge recombination on the free energy level of the radical pair state P 1 Ph À in photosystem II. This was done by comparing the basal (F 0) fluorescence yield and the recombination rate of the S 2 Q A À state in various strains of Chlamydomonas reindhardtii in(More)
When unicellular algal cells are placed under anaerobic conditions, a large electrochemical gradient is built in darkness across the thylakoid membranes. We have estimated, in vivo, the amplitude of the Delta pH component of this transmembrane potential and shown that the Delta pH is twice as large as the Delta Psi. The amplitude of the Delta mu tildeH+(More)
A major challenge in biology is to identify molecular polymorphisms responsible for variation in complex traits of evolutionary and agricultural interest. Using the advantages of Arabidopsis thaliana as a model species, we sought to identify new genes and genetic mechanisms underlying natural variation for shoot growth using quantitative genetic strategies.(More)
Central in respiration or photosynthesis, the cytochrome bc(1) and b(6)f complexes are regarded as functionally similar quinol oxidoreductases. They both catalyse a redox loop, the Q-cycle, which couples electron and proton transfer. This loop involves a bifurcated electron transfer step considered as being mechanistically mandatory, making the Q-cycle(More)
Amphipols are short amphipathic polymers designed to stabilize membrane proteins in aqueous solutions in the absence of detergent. Bacteriorhodopsin (BR), a light-driven proton pump, has been denatured, either by direct solubilization of the purple membrane in sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS) solution or by a procedure that involves delipidation with organic(More)