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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1980 Aug 5;592(1):143-52.

A chloroplast membrane lacking photosystem I. Changes in unstacked membrane regions.


The structure and polypeptide composition of the photosynthetic membrane of a mutant of maize has been investigated. The thylakoid membranes of the mutant plants are deficient in Photosystem I activity, although Photosystem II is at near normal levels. SDS polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of thylakoid membranes from the mutant shows them to be deficient in two polypeptide bands which have been associated with Photosystem I. Freeze-fracture studies of the membrane show that the absence of these polypeptides is associated with a measurable reduction in particle diameter on the unstacked protoplasmic fracture face. This fracture face is derived from the splitting of membranes in unstacked regions of the thylakoid membrane system. It is suggested that in membranes stacked by salts in vitro, Photosystem I activity may be confined to this region.

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