Photosystem II

Photosystem II is a multi-subunit protein embedded within the thylakoid membrane of chloroplasts, and the first protein complex involved in the light-dependent reactions of photosynthesis. The protein complex uses light energy to oxidise two molecules of water to molecular oxygen, liberating four electrons and four hydrogen ions in the process.

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  • News & Views |

    Detection of coherent energy transport has fuelled claims that quantum effects make photosynthesis more efficient. Experiments now show that the interplay between electronic and vibrational motion also sustains coherence in the subsequent charge-separation process.

    • Susana F. Huelga
    •  & Martin B. Plenio
    Nature Physics 10, 621-622
  • News & Views |

    The oxygen-evolving centre in the protein complex photosystem II involves Ca2+ within a high-valent oxomanganese cluster, but the role of Ca2+ has yet to be clarified. Interestingly, the electron-transfer behaviour of a non-haem oxoiron(IV) complex has now been found to be significantly altered by Lewis acid metal-ion binding to the oxo atom.

    • Kenneth D. Karlin
    Nature Chemistry 2, 711-712