Photosynthetic Reaction Center

Photosynthetic Reaction Center

1st Edition - July 14, 1993

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  • Authors: Johann Deisenhofer, James Norris
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323140423

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The availability of the photosynthetic reaction center's structure at an atomic resolution of less than three angstroms has revolutionized research. This protein is the first integral membrane protein whose structure has been determined with such precision. Each volume of the Photosynthetic Reaction Center contains original research, methods, and reviews. Together, these volumes cover our current understanding of how photosynthesis converts light energy into stored chemical energy.Volume I describes the chemistry and biochemistry of photosynthesis, including green plant photosynthesis; it is devoted to the overall features and implications of the bacterial reaction center for green plant research. It features a new description of the structure of the reaction center, followed by coverage of the antenna and light functions. Volume I also details new manipulations of the reaction center including chemical and genetic modifications. It describes how the reaction center provides reducing power via electron transfer chemistry coupled to proton uptake and release; coupling of electron transport between the oxidized reaction center and the aqueous periplasm; and the general operation of membrane-bound proteins. Additionally, this volume contains five chapters detailing facets of green plant photosynthesis important for future research.


Researchers and graduate students in protein chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, cell and molecular biology, and plant science.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors.
    Structure and Function of the Photosynthetic Reaction Center of Rhodobacter sphaeroides, M.Schiffer and J.R. Norris.
    Refinement of the Structure of a Water-Soluble Antenna Complex from Green Photosynthetic Bacteria by Incorporation of the Chemically Determined Amino Acid Sequence, D.E. Tranrud and B.W. Matthews.
    Preparation, Purification, and Crystallization of Purple Bacteria Antenna Complexes, R.J. Cogdell and A.M. Hawthornthwaite.
    Structural Features of Photosynthetic Light-Harvesting Systems, H. Zuber.
    Genetic Analysis of Photosynthetic Membrane Biogenesis in Rhodobacter spaeroides, S.Kaplan and T.J. Donohue.
    Digital Imaging Spectroscopy, A.P. Arkin and D.C. Youvan.
    Bacterial Reaction Centers with Modified Tetrapyrrole Chromophores, H. Scheer and A. Struck.
    Electron and Proton Transfer in the Acceptor Quinone Complex of Reaction Centers of Phototrophic Bacteria, V.P. Shinkarev and Colin A. Wraight.
    Electron Transfer between Bacterial Reaction Centers and Mobile c-Type Cytochromes, D.M. Tiede and P.L. Dutton.
    Isolation and Properties of the Photosystem II Reaction Center, K. Satoh.
    Biochemical, Biophysical, and Structural Characterization of the Isolated Photosystem II Reaction Center Complex.
    Photosystem II Reaction Center and Bicarbonate, Govindjee and J.J.S. van Rensen.
    Structure and Function of the Reaction Center Cofactors in Oxygenic Organisms, M.C.W. Evans and J.H.A. Nugent.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 432
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1993
  • Published: July 14, 1993
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323140423

About the Authors

Johann Deisenhofer

Affiliations and Expertise

Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.

James Norris

Affiliations and Expertise

Agricultural Research Council, Meat Research Institute, Bristol, England

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