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Characterization of the electron acceptors of the Type-I photosynthetic reaction center of Heliobacterium modesticaldum

Abstract The heliobacterial reaction center (HbRC) is widely considered the simplest and most primitive photosynthetic reaction center (RC) still in existence. Despite the simplicity of the HbRC, many aspects of the electron transfer mechanism remain unknown or under debate. Improving our understanding of the structure and function of the HbRC is important in determining its role in the evolution of photosynthetic RCs. In this work, the function and properties of the iron-sulfur cluster FX and quinones of the HbRC were investigated, as these are the characteristic terminal electron acceptors used by Type-I and Type-II RCs, respectively. In Chapter 3, I develop a system to directly detect quinone double reduction activity using reverse-phase high pre... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Cowgill, John (Author) / Redding, Kevin (Advisor) / Jones, Anne (Committee member) / Fromme, Petra (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Biochemistry / Biophysics / EPR / Fx / HbRC / menaquinone / photosynthesis
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 80 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Biochemistry 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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