Photophosphorylation

Abstract

Photophosphorylation is the process through which photosynthetic organisms convert light energy to adenosine triphosphate.

Keywords: photosynthetic; chloroplast; chlorophyll; adenosine triphosphate; anoxygenic

Figure 1.

(a) Electron micrograph of an isolated chloroplast. The chloroplast is delimited by a double envelope (CE) membrane. Inside is the stroma (S) containing the thylakoid membrane. The thylakoid membrane is highly folded, forming granal stack regions (GS) interconnected by stromal exposed membrane regions.

(b) Schematic of the thylakoid membrane showing the major protein complexes and associated cofactors.

Figure 2.

Structure of the reaction centre from purple photosynthetic bacteria. The L, M and H subunits making up the reaction centre complex are shown in yellow, blue and green. Cofactors are shown in red. Reproduced courtesy of Jim Allen.

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Webber, Andrew N(Apr 2001) Photophosphorylation. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0001382]