Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres

, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 367–369 | Cite as

Elucidation of Genetic Backgrounds Necessary for Chlorophyll a Biosynthesis Toward Artificial Creation of Oxygenic Photosynthesis

  • Yusuke Tsukatani
  • Shinji Masuda


We succeeded to create the genetically modified purple photosynthetic bacterium capable of synthesizing chlorophyll a. The results indicate that not only chlorophyll synthase, but also an enzyme for galactolipid synthesis and reaction center proteins are required for accumulating chlorophyll a.


Anoxygenic photosynthetic bacteria Bacteriochlorophyll Chlorophyll Oxygenic photosynthesis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of TechnologyTokyoJapan
  2. 2.PRESTO, Japan Science and Technology AgencySaitamaJapan
  3. 3.Center for Biological Resources and InformaticsTokyo Institute of TechnologyKanagawaJapan

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