Role of Chloroplast Thylakoid Lumen in Photosynthetic Regulation and Plant Cell Signaling

  • Cornelia SpeteaEmail author
Part of the Progress in Botany book series (BOTANY, volume 73)


The aqueous lumen enclosed by the thylakoid membrane network of the chloroplast is the compartment where molecular oxygen is produced from water during photosynthetic light-dependent reactions. The thylakoid lumen has been thought for a long time to contain mainly plastocyanin and oxygen-evolving complex-associated proteins, playing important roles during these reactions. In the last decade, the functional characterization of thylakoid lumenal proteins from Arabidopsis thaliana has brought insights into the complex role of this subcellular compartment. The aim of this chapter is to provide an updated view of the protein composition of the thylakoid lumen and its emerging roles in photosynthetic regulation and plant cell signaling. Recent research has uncovered redox signaling and a new paradigm about the role of nucleotides in the thylakoid lumen.


Thylakoid Membrane PSII Activity PSII Complex Thylakoid Lumen Photosynthetic Complex 
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  1. 1.Department of Plant and Environmental SciencesUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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