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Curr Opin Microbiol. 2006 Dec;9(6):625-31. Epub 2006 Oct 20.

Development of the bacterial photosynthetic apparatus.

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  • 1Bacteriology Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706, USA.


Anoxygenic photosynthetic bacteria have provided us with crucial insights into the process of solar energy capture, pathways of metabolic and societal importance, specialized differentiation of membrane domains, function or assembly of bioenergetic enzymes, and into the genetic control of these and other activities. Recent insights into the organization of this bioenergetic membrane system, the genetic control of this specialized domain of the inner membrane and the process by which potentially photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic cells protect themselves from an important class of reactive oxygen species will provide an unparalleled understanding of solar energy capture and facilitate the design of solar-powered microbial biorefineries.

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