The complex architecture of oxygenic photosynthesis

Nathan Nelson, Adam Ben-Shem

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Oxygenic photosynthesis is the principal producer of both oxygen and organic matter on earth. The primary step in this process - the conversion of sunlight into chemical energy - is driven by four, multisubunit, membrane-protein complexes that are known as photosystem I, photosystem II, cytochrome b6f and F-ATPase. Structural insights into these complexes are now providing a framework for the exploration not only of energy and electron transfer, but also of the evolutionary forces that shaped the photosynthetic apparatus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)971-982
Number of pages12
JournalNature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2004


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