Entropy-assisted stacking of thylakoid membranes.

@article{Kim2005EntropyassistedSO,
  title={Entropy-assisted stacking of thylakoid membranes.},
  author={Eun-Ha Kim and Wah Soon Chow and Peter Horton and Jan M. Anderson},
  journal={Biochimica et biophysica acta},
  year={2005},
  volume={1708 2},
  pages={187-95}
}
Chloroplasts in plants and some green algae contain a continuous thylakoid membrane system that is structurally differentiated into stacked granal membranes interconnected by unstacked thylakoids, the stromal lamellae. Experiments were conducted to test the hypothesis that the thermodynamic tendency to increase entropy in chloroplasts contributes to thylakoid stacking to form grana. We show that the addition of bovine serum albumin or dextran, two very different water-soluble macromolecules, to… CONTINUE READING

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