Photosystem II Assembly: From Cyanobacteria to Plants

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  • Rengstl B
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Photosystem II (PSII) is an integral-membrane, multisubunit complex that initiates electron flow in oxygenic photosynthesis. The biogenesis of this complex machine involves the concerted assembly of at least 20 different polypeptides as well as the incorporation of a variety of inor- ganic and organic cofactors. Many factors have recently been identified that constitute an integrative network mediating the stepwise assembly of PSII components. One recurring theme is the subcellular organiza- tion of the assembly process in specialized membranes that form dis- tinct biogenesis centers.Here, we review our current knowledge of the molecular components and events involved in PSII assembly and their high degree of evolutionary conservation. 609

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  • Jörg Nickelsen

  • Birgit Rengstl

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