Structure of the plant photosystem i supercomplex at 2.6 Å resolution

Yuval Mazor*, Anna Borovikova, Ido Caspy, Nathan Nelson

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Four elaborate membrane complexes carry out the light reaction of oxygenic photosynthesis. Photosystem I (PSI) is one of two large reaction centres responsible for converting light photons into the chemical energy needed to sustain life. In the thylakoid membranes of plants, PSI is found together with its integral light-harvesting antenna, light-harvesting complex I (LHCI), in a membrane supercomplex containing hundreds of light-harvesting pigments. Here, we report the crystal structure of plant PSI-LHCI at 2.6 Å resolution. The structure reveals the configuration of PsaK, a core subunit important for state transitions in plants, a conserved network of water molecules surrounding the electron transfer centres and an elaborate structure of lipids bridging PSI and its LHCI antenna. We discuss the implications of the structure for energy transfer and the evolution of PSI.

Original languageEnglish
Article number17014
JournalNature Plants
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2017


FundersFunder number
European Research Council
Israel Science Foundation71/14
Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education of Israel1775/12


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