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A common feature of light stress in plants, algae, and cyanobacteria is the light-induced damage to the photosystem II complex (PSII), which catalyses the photosynthetic oxidation of water to molecular oxygen. A repair cycle operates to replace damaged subunits within PSII, in particular, the D1 reaction centre polypeptide, by newly synthesized copies. As(More)
Photosystem II (PSII) mutants are useful experimental tools to trap potential intermediates involved in the assembly of the oxygen-evolving PSII complex. Here, we focus on the subunit composition of the RC47 assembly complex that accumulates in a psbC null mutant of the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 unable to make the CP43 apopolypeptide. By(More)
The de novo assembly of photosystem II (PSII) depends on a variety of assisting factors. We have previously shown that two of them, namely, YCF48 and Sll0933, mutually interact and form a complex (Rengstl et al. in J Biol Chem 286:21944–21951, 2011). To gain further insights into the importance of the YCF48/Sll0933 interaction, an ycf48 − sll0933 − double(More)
The biogenesis and oxygen-evolving activity of cyanobacterial Photosystem II (PSII) is dependent on a number of accessory proteins not found in the crystallised dimeric complex. These include Psb27, a small lipoprotein attached to the lumenal side of PSII, which has been assigned a role in regulating the assembly of the Mn4Ca cluster catalysing water(More)
Optokinetic nystagmus (OKN) was studied in both normally pigmented and delayed amelanotic (DAM) strains of domestic chicken. The DAM line is characterized by postnatal feather and ocular depigmentation accompanied by progressive retinal degeneration that occurs, initially and most severely, in the central retina. A close association exists between the(More)
In most oxygenic phototrophs, including cyanobacteria, two independent enzymes catalyze the reduction of protochlorophyllide to chlorophyllide, which is the penultimate step in chlorophyll (Chl) biosynthesis. One is light-dependent NADPH:protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase (LPOR) and the second type is dark-operative protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase(More)
Members of the Psb28 family of proteins are accessory factors implicated in the assembly and repair of the photosystem II complex. We present here the crystal structure of the Psb28 protein (Tlr0493) found in the thermophilic cyanobacterium Thermosynechococcus elongatus at a resolution of 2.3 Å. Overall the crystal structure of the Psb28 monomer is similar(More)
Prof. Danuše Sofrová belongs to a group of researchers who established photosynthesis research in former Czechoslovakia, got in touch with the international photosynthetic community and became a significant part of it. She spent most of her productive life (1961-2014) at the in Prague with her students. She devoted most of her energy to them rather than(More)
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