Improved Photobiological H2 Production in Engineered Green Algal Cells*

  title={Improved Photobiological H2 Production in Engineered Green Algal Cells*},
  author={Olaf Kruse and Jens Rupprecht and Klaus P. Bader and Skye R. Thomas-Hall and Peer M. Schenk and Giovanni Finazzi and Ben Hankamer},
  journal={Journal of Biological Chemistry},
  pages={34170 - 34177}
Oxygenic photosynthetic organisms use solar energy to split water (H2O) into protons (H+), electrons (e-), and oxygen. A select group of photosynthetic microorganisms, including the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, has evolved the additional ability to redirect the derived H+ and e- to drive hydrogen (H2) production via the chloroplast hydrogenases HydA1 and A2 (H2 ase). This process occurs under anaerobic conditions and provides a biological basis for solar-driven H2 production. However… 

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