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This handbook covers many important aspects of the topic that have only recently been understood. It surveys the most important proteins involved in photosynthesis, discussing the structural information we have at our disposal. Most chapters are dedicated to one protein, while a few also summarize general associated concepts.
The book also includes a CD-ROM that contains data files and animations to allow readers to visualize many of the complicated proteins presented. A must for anyone studying photosynthesis and structural biology, as well as those working in the plant and crop biotechnology industry.
Overview on Photosynthesis Structure and function of cyanobacterial Photosystem I Structure and function of the plant PS I-LHC I complex Structure and function of Photosystem II Current Models and Mechanism of water splitting Supercomplexes of Photosystem I and II with external antenna complexes in cyanobacteria and plants The cytochrome b6f complex Plastocyanine and cytochrome c6: the soluble electron carriers between the b6f complex and Photosystem I The ATP-Synthase Ferredoxin and flavodoxin, electron mediators between Photosystem I and FNR Structure of FNR; The ferredoxin:NADP+:oxidoreductase Structure of the Light Harvesting Complex II Structure of the phycobillisome antennae in cyanobacteria The "ancestor of Photosystems": comparison of PS I and II with the structure of the purple bacterial reaction center Ancient type I reaction centers Antenna of the purple bacterial Reaction Center Chlorosomes and the FMO protein
Professor Petra Fromme carried out her initial studies in Biochemistry at the Free University of Berlin, and her PhD in Chemistry in the Technical University of Berlin. She is author of over 70 scientific publications. She then worked as professor in the Technical University of Berlin, before becoming Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Arizona State University in 2002, the position she currently holds. She has received several international awards for her work including the Biology 2001 award of the Academy of Science of Goettingen, the Robin Hill Award of the International Photosynthesis Society and the Lemberg Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science.
This book was very enjoyable and informative to read and should prove to be an invaluable resource for graduate students and other scientists with interests in structure and function of membrane protein complexes, in general, and photosynthetic electron-transport phenomena, in particular. (Journal of the American Chemical Society, April 15, 2009)