Jean-Claude Thomas

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Marine Synechococcus owe their specific vivid color (ranging from blue-green to orange) to their large extrinsic antenna complexes called phycobilisomes, comprising a central allophycocyanin core and rods of variable phycobiliprotein composition. Three major pigment types can be defined depending on the major phycobiliprotein found in the rods (phycocyanin,(More)
Ferredoxin:NADP oxidoreductases (FNRs) constitute a family of flavoenzymes that catalyze the exchange of reducing equivalents between one-electron carriers and the two-electron-carrying NADP(H). The main role of FNRs in cyanobacteria and leaf plastids is to provide the NADPH for photoautotrophic metabolism. In root plastids, a distinct FNR isoform is found(More)
Chromatic adaptation (CA) in cyanobacteria has provided a model system for the study of the environmental control of photophysiology for several decades. All forms of CA that have been examined so far (types II and III) involve changes in the relative contents of phycoerythrin (PE) and/or phycocyanin when cells are shifted from red to green light and vice(More)
The pigment composition of the light-harvesting complexes isolated from several brown algae belonging to different orders has been analysed by reverse-phase HPLC. Relative to whole chloroplasts, they were markedly enriched in Chl c, fucoxanthin and violaxanthin and conversely depleted in Chl a. The relative molar proportions of the 4 main pigments (Chl(More)
The recent availability of the whole genome of Synechococcus sp. strain WH8102 allows us to have a global view of the complex structure of the phycobilisomes of this marine picocyanobacterium. Genomic analyses revealed several new characteristics of these phycobilisomes, consisting of an allophycocyanin core and rods made of one type of phycocyanin and two(More)
Environmental parameters are known to affect phycobilisomes. Variations of their structure and relative composition in phycobiliproteins have been observed. We studied the effect of irradiance variations on the phycobilisome structure in the cyanobacterium Spirulina maxima and discovered the appearance of new polypeptides associated with the phycobilisomes(More)
The Stroop Word-Color Test was used to study selective attention deficits in schizophrenic and nonschizophrenic psychiatric patients, compared with nonpsychiatric control subjects. Parts of the Weschler Memory Test and a shortened version of the Stroop Test were administered to test the hypotheses that the attentional deficit could be explained by problems(More)
Cyanobacteria respond to changes in light or nutrient availability by modifications in their photosynthetic light harvesting antenna. In unicellular cyanobacteria a small polypeptide (NblA) is required for phycobilisome degradation following environmental stresses. In the filamentous strain Tolypothrix sp. PCC 7601 the nblAI gene, encoding a NblA homologue,(More)
Most cyanobacteria harvest light with large antenna complexes called phycobilisomes. The diversity of their constituting phycobiliproteins contributes to optimize the photosynthetic capacity of these microorganisms. Phycobiliprotein biosynthesis, which involves several post-translational modifications including covalent attachment of the linear tetrapyrrole(More)
Stroop stimuli were used to measure the negative priming effect in eight positive and 10 negative schizophrenics, 21 depressive and 35 healthy control subjects in order to test hypotheses of insufficient versus persistent cognitive inhibition in schizophrenia. Data show that schizophrenics do not increase their response times to suppressor Stroop items(More)