The Photosynthetic Reaction Center from the Purple Bacterium Rhodopseudomonas viridis

Science  29 Sep 1989:
Vol. 245, Issue 4925, pp. 1463-1473
DOI: 10.1126/science.245.4925.1463


The history and methods of membrane protein crystallization are described. The solution of the structure of the photosynthetic reaction center from the bacterium Rhodopseudomonas viridis is described, and the structure of this membrane protein complex is correlated with its function as a light-driven electron pump across the photosynthetic membrane. Conclusions about the structure of the photosystem II reaction center from plants are drawn, and aspects of membrane protein structure are discussed.

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