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Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2004 Dec;5(12):971-82.

The complex architecture of oxygenic photosynthesis.

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  • 1Department of Biochemistry, The George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel. nelson@post.tau.ac.il

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  • Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2005 Oct;6(10):818.


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 b(6)f 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.

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