Hristina Staleva

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Plants collect light for photosynthesis using light-harvesting complexes (LHCs)-an array of chlorophyll proteins that are able to reversibly switch from harvesting to energy-dissipation mode to prevent damage of the photosynthetic apparatus. LHC antennae as well as other members of the LHC superfamily evolved from cyanobacterial ancestors called high(More)
Three zeaxanthin homologues with conjugation lengths N of 15, 19, and 23 denoted as Z15, Z19, and Z23 were studied by femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy, and the results were compared to those obtained for zeaxanthin (Z11). The energies of S2 decrease from 20 450 cm(-1) (Z11) to 18 280 cm(-1) (Z15), 17 095 cm(-1) (Z19), and 16 560 cm(-1) (Z23).(More)
We report on energy transfer pathways in the main light-harvesting complex of photosynthetic relative of apicomplexan parasites, Chromera velia. This complex, denoted CLH, belongs to the family of FCP proteins and contains chlorophyll (Chl) a, violaxanthin, and the so far unidentified carbonyl carotenoid related to isofucoxanthin. The overall(More)
Chl synthase (ChlG) is an important enzyme of the Chl biosynthetic pathway catalyzing attachment of phytol/geranylgeraniol tail to the chlorophyllide molecule. Here we have investigated the Flag-tagged ChlG (f.ChlG) in a complex with two different high-light inducible proteins (Hlips) HliD and HliC. The f.ChlG-Hlips complex binds a Chl a and three different(More)
Mechanism of photoprotection in the cyanobacterial ancestor of plant antenna proteins pp287 291 Hristina Staleva, Josef Komenda, Mahendra K Shukla, Václav Šlouf, Radek Kaňa, Tomáš Polívka & Roman Sobotka Light-harvesting complexes (LHCs) manage energy flux into photosynthesis and dissipate excess light energy. The demonstration of dissipative energy(More)
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