Multiple Antenna Complexes in Various Purple Photosynthetic Bacteria

  • Iwan Bissig
  • Regula Verena Wagner-Huber
  • René A. Brunisholz
  • Herbert Zuber
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Under anaerobic conditions purple photosynthetic bacteria are capable of phototrophic growth. They can convert light energy to chemical energy (to a proton gradient) with the help of membrane bound photochemical reaction centres and an electron recycling system (e. g. cytochrom bc, complex). In bright day light the absorption capacity of bacteriochlorophyll pigments of reaction centres is limited to 1 to 10 photons per second, although some orders more could be processed1. Therefore, it is inevitable that organisms increase the number of absorbing pigments in order to prevent light saturation of reaction centres even at optimal light conditions. Purple bacteria have solved this problem by the synthesis of light-harvesting pigment-protein-complexes which are specialized in absorbing light energy and delivering it to the photochemical reaction centre where charge separation takes place.


Core Complex Purple Bacterium Antenna Complex FEBS Letter Purple Sulphur Bacterium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Iwan Bissig
    • 1
  • Regula Verena Wagner-Huber
    • 1
  • René A. Brunisholz
    • 1
  • Herbert Zuber
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Molekularbiologie und BiophysikETH-HönggerbergZürichSwitzerland

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