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Membrane Crystals of Plant Light-Harvesting Complex II Disassemble Reversibly in Light.

Hind, G. and Wall, JS. and Várkonyi, Zsuzsanna and Istokovics, Anita and Lambrev, Petar and Garab, Győző (2014) Membrane Crystals of Plant Light-Harvesting Complex II Disassemble Reversibly in Light. PLANT AND CELL PHYSIOLOGY, 55 (7). pp. 1296-1303. ISSN 0032-0781

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Abstract

Using the mass-measuring capability of scanning transmission electron microscopy, we demonstrate that membrane crystals of the main light-harvesting complex of plants possess the ability to undergo light-induced dark-reversible disassociations, independently of the photochemical apparatus. This is the first direct visualization of light-driven reversible reorganizations in an isolated photosynthetic antenna. These reorganizations, identified earlier by circular dichroism (CD), can be accounted for by a biological thermo-optic transition: structural changes are induced by fast heat transients and thermal instabilities near the dissipation, and self-association of the complexes in the lipid matrix. A comparable process in native membranes is indicated by earlier findings of essentially identical kinetics, and intensity and temperature dependences of the DeltaCD in granal thylakoids.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QH Natural history / természetrajz > QH301 Biology / biológia
SWORD Depositor: MTMT SWORD
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2015 11:38
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2015 11:38
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/21600

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