The Photosynthetic Bacterial Reaction Center

Structure and Dynamics

  • Jacques Breton
  • André Verméglio

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 149)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. J. P. Allen, G. Feher, T. O. Yeates, H. Komiya, D. C. Rees
    Pages 5-11
  3. D. M. Tiede, D. E. Budil, J. Tang, O. El-Kabbani, J. R. Norris, C.-H. Chang et al.
    Pages 13-20
  4. W. Mäntele, K. Steck, A. Becker, T. Wacker, W. Welte, N. Gad’on et al.
    Pages 33-39
  5. Marc Lutz, Bruno Robert, Qing Zhou, Jean-Michel Neumann, Wojciech Szponarski, Gérard Berger
    Pages 41-50
  6. Ted Mar, Gabriel Gingras
    Pages 51-57
  7. H. Scheer, D. Beese, R. Steiner, A. Angerhofer
    Pages 101-111
  8. Robert E. Blankenship, Jeffrey T. Trost, L. J. Mancino
    Pages 119-127
  9. H. Treutlein, K. Schulten, J. Deisenhofer, H. Michel, A. Brünger, M. Karplus
    Pages 139-150
  10. Steven G. Boxer, Richard A. Goldstein, David J. Lockhart, Thomas R. Middendorf, Larry Takiff
    Pages 165-176
  11. V. A. Shuvalov, A. O. Ganago, A. V. Klevanik, A. Ya. Shkuropatov
    Pages 205-218
  12. Pierre Parot, Jean Thiery, André Vermeglio
    Pages 251-258
  13. W. Parson, A. Warshel, S. Creighton, J. Norris
    Pages 309-317
  14. Louise Karle Hanson, Mark A. Thompson, Michael C. Zerner, Jack Fajer
    Pages 355-367
  15. H. Treutlein, K. Schulten, C. Niedermeier, J. Deisenhofer, H. Michel, D. DeVault
    Pages 369-377
  16. M. Plato, F. Lendzian, W. Lubitz, E. Tränkle, K. Möbius
    Pages 379-388
  17. M. Bixon, Joshua Jortner, M. Plato, M. E. Michel-Beyerle
    Pages 399-419
  18. G. Feher
    Pages 435-440
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 441-443

About this book


This volume contains the contributions from the speakers at the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on "Structure of the Photosynthetic Bacterial Reaction Center X-ray Crystallography and Optical Spectroscopy with Polarized Light" which was held at the "Maison d'Hotes" of the Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires de Cadarache in the South of France, 20-25 September, 1987. This meeting continued in the spirit of a previous workshop which took place in Feldafing (FRG), March 1985. Photosynthetic reaction centers are intrinsic membrane proteins which, by performing a photoinduced transmembrane charge separation, are responsible for the conversion and storage of solar energy. Since the pioneering work of Reed and Clayton (1968) on the isolation of the reaction center from photosynthetic bacteria, optical spectroscopy with polarized light has been one of the main tools used to investigate the geometrical arrangement of the various chromophores in these systems. The recent elucidation by X-ray crystallography of the structure of several bacterial reaction centers, a breakthrough initiated by Michel and Deisenhofer, has provided us with the atomic coordinates of the pigments and some details about their interactions with neighboring aminoacid residues. This essential step has given a large impetus both to experimentalists and to theoreticians who are now attempting to relate the X-ray structural model to the optical properties of the reaction center and ultimately to its primary biological function.


ENDOR FTIR Oxidation Protein X-ray bacteria life sciences low temperature photosynthesis photosystem pigment-protein proteins spectroscopy temperature temperature effects

Editors and affiliations

  • Jacques Breton
    • 1
  • André Verméglio
    • 2
  1. 1.CEN SaclayGif-sur-YvetteFrance
  2. 2.ARBSCEN CadaracheSaint Paul lez DuranceFrance

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