Marc M Nowaczyk

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The mechanism and kinetics of electron transfer in isolated D1/D2-cyt(b559) photosystem (PS) II reaction centers (RCs) and in intact PSII cores have been studied by femtosecond transient absorption and kinetic compartment modeling. For intact PSII, a component of approximately 1.5 ps reflects the dominant energy-trapping kinetics from the antenna by the RC.(More)
Photosystem II (PSII) performs one of the key reactions on our planet: the light-driven oxidation of water. This fundamental but very complex process requires PSII to act in a highly coordinated fashion. Despite detailed structural information on the fully assembled PSII complex, the dynamic aspects of formation, processing, turnover, and degradation of(More)
The fluorescence kinetics in intact photosystem II core particles from the cyanobacterium Thermosynechococcus elongatus have been measured with picosecond resolution at room temperature in open reaction centers. At least two new lifetime components of approximately 2 and 9 ps have been resolved in the kinetics by global analysis in addition to several known(More)
Psb27 is a membrane-extrinsic subunit of photosystem II (PSII) where it is involved in the assembly and maintenance of this large membrane protein complex that catalyzes one of the key reactions in the biosphere, the light-induced oxidation of water. Here, we report for the first time the structure of Psb27 that was not observed in the previous crystal(More)
The D1 protein (PsbA) of photosystem II (PSII) from Thermosynechococcus elongatus is encoded by a psbA gene family that is typical of cyanobacteria. Although the transcription of these three genes has been studied previously (Kós, P. B., Deák, Z., Cheregi, O., and Vass, I. (2008) Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1777, 74-83), the protein quantification had not been(More)
Large data sets of molecular projections of the membrane proteins Photosystem I and Photosystem II from cyanobacteria were analyzed by single particle electron microscopy (EM). Analysis resulted in the averaging of 2D projections from the purified complexes but also in the simultaneous detection and averaging of 2D projections from large contaminating(More)
The subunit composition of the NAD(P)H dehydrogenase complex of Thermosynechococcus elongatus was analyzed by different types of mass spectrometry. All 15 known subunits (NdhA-NdhO) were identified in the purified NDH-1L complex. Moreover, two additional intact mass tags of 4902.7 and 4710.5 Da could be assigned after reannotation of the T. elongatus(More)
The multisubunit membrane protein complex Photosystem II (PSII) catalyzes one of the key reactions in photosynthesis: the light-driven oxidation of water. Here, we focus on the role of the Psb27 assembly factor, which is involved in biogenesis and repair after light-induced damage of the complex. We show that Psb27 is essential for the survival of(More)
The efficient incorporation and assembly of calcium, chloride and manganese followed by photoactivation of the water-oxidizing complex (WOC) is a prerequisite for the unique water-splitting activity of photosystem II. This minireview summarizes the recent results on incorporation and storage of the inorganic cofactors, photoactivation of the WOC and(More)
Water binding to the Mn(4)O(5)Ca cluster of the oxygen-evolving complex (OEC) of Photosystem II (PSII) poised in the S(2) state was studied via H(2)(17)O- and (2)H(2)O-labeling and high-field electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. Hyperfine couplings of coordinating (17)O (I = 5/2) nuclei were detected using W-band (94 GHz) electron-electron(More)