Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis is the process by which plants, algae and certain types of bacteria synthesise carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and typically water, using light as an energy source. The process can be broken down into two stages - the light and dark reactions. NADPH and ATP generated during the light reactions fuel the formation of carbohydrates in the dark reactions.

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    The microalgal pyrenoid has been reported to behave as a phase-separated liquid compartment. Here the authors demonstrate that the CO2-fixing enzyme Rubisco and the linker protein EPYC1 are necessary and sufficient to bring about a liquid-liquid phase separation that recapitulates the pyrenoid’s liquid-like behavior.

    • Tobias Wunder
    • , Steven Le Hung Cheng
    • , Soak-Kuan Lai
    • , Hoi-Yeung Li
    •  & Oliver Mueller-Cajar
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    Crystallography and spectroscopy are used to solve high-resolution structures of the intermediates of Kok’s S-state clock in photosystem II.

    • Jan Kern
    • , Ruchira Chatterjee
    • , Iris D. Young
    • , Franklin D. Fuller
    • , Louise Lassalle
    • , Mohamed Ibrahim
    • , Sheraz Gul
    • , Thomas Fransson
    • , Aaron S. Brewster
    • , Roberto Alonso-Mori
    • , Rana Hussein
    • , Miao Zhang
    • , Lacey Douthit
    • , Casper de Lichtenberg
    • , Mun Hon Cheah
    • , Dmitry Shevela
    • , Julia Wersig
    • , Ina Seuffert
    • , Dimosthenis Sokaras
    • , Ernest Pastor
    • , Clemens Weninger
    • , Thomas Kroll
    • , Raymond G. Sierra
    • , Pierre Aller
    • , Agata Butryn
    • , Allen M. Orville
    • , Mengning Liang
    • , Alexander Batyuk
    • , Jason E. Koglin
    • , Sergio Carbajo
    • , Sébastien Boutet
    • , Nigel W. Moriarty
    • , James M. Holton
    • , Holger Dobbek
    • , Paul D. Adams
    • , Uwe Bergmann
    • , Nicholas K. Sauter
    • , Athina Zouni
    • , Johannes Messinger
    • , Junko Yano
    •  & Vittal K. Yachandra
    Nature 563, 421-425
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    The organization of photosystem I from the moss P. patens was studied under different light and carbon supply conditions. Different supercomplexes are formed under these conditions controlled by the light-harvesting complex LHCB9 protein subunit.

    • Alberta Pinnola
    • , Alessandro Alboresi
    • , Lukáš Nosek
    • , Dmitry Semchonok
    • , Arshad Rameez
    • , Andrea Trotta
    • , Fabrizio Barozzi
    • , Roman Kouřil
    • , Luca Dall’Osto
    • , Eva-Mari Aro
    • , Egbert J. Boekema
    •  & Roberto Bassi
    Nature Plants 4, 910-919

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