Evolutionary Aspects of Biological Energy Conversion

  • H. Baltscheffsky
Part of the Colloquium der Gesellschaft für Biologische Chemie book series (MOSBACH, volume 29)

Abstract

It is a great pleasure and privilege for me to begin this 29th Mosbacher Colloquium on Energy Conversion in Biological Membranes with a presentation of an evolutionary approach. By this approach one may pursue the important but difficult task of seeking information primarily about how, in molecular terms, it all began and how the present energy conversion systems of living cells evolved, by development of, and subsequent variations on, some apparently very ancient fundamental themes. However, I believe that the arrangers of this Colloquium share my optimistic conviction that the study of the molecular evolution of enzymes and pathways involved in biological energy conversion may be of value in an additional way. That is, not only for learning more about common molecular ancestries and paths of evolution, but also, and perhaps of particular significance in connection with this Colloquium, for tackling some of the unsolved fundamental mechanistic problems still existing in the area of biological energy conversion, in particular in photosynthetic and respiratory electron transport phosphorylation.

Keywords

Respiration Polypeptide Photosynthesis Cyanide Tryptophan 

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