Evidence for the proximity of calcium to the manganese cluster of photosystem II: determination by X-ray absorption spectroscopy.

The photosynthetic oxygen-evolving complex contains a cluster of four manganese atoms and requires both Ca and Cl for activity. The question of Ca proximity to the Mn cluster has been investigated by performing Mn X-ray absorption experiments on native samples of photosystem II (PS II) and on samples depleted of Ca and reconstituted by either Ca or Sr… CONTINUE READING