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Trends Plant Sci. 2001 Aug;6(8):349-58.

A quantitative model of the domain structure of the photosynthetic membrane.

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Dept. of Biochemistry, Lund University, PO Box 124, SE-221 00, Lund, Sweden.


A model is presented that gives a quantitative picture of the distribution of the photosynthetic components in the photosynthetic membrane of higher plants. A salient feature of the model is that most of the pigments are located in the grana where photosystem I and II carry out linear electron transport, whereas the stroma lamellae, which harbour <20% of the pigments, carry out photosystem-I-mediated cyclic electron transport. This arrangement derives from the observation that more pigments are associated with photosystem I, which therefore captures more quanta than photosystem II. The excess pigments associated with photosystem I are thought to be located in the stroma lamellae.

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