Imperial College London

Professor Bill Rutherford FRS

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Chair in Biochemistry of Solar Energy



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702Sir Ernst Chain BuildingSouth Kensington Campus






BibTex format

author = {Cardona, T and Rutherford, AW},
doi = {10.1101/502450},
publisher = {Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory},
title = {Evolution of photochemical reaction centres: more twists?},
url = {},
year = {2018}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - <jats:p>The earliest event recorded in the molecular evolution of photosynthesis is the structural and functional specialisation of Type I (ferredoxin-reducing) and Type II (quinone-reducing) reaction centres. Here we point out that the homodimeric Type I reaction centre of Heliobacteria has a Ca2+-binding site with a number of striking parallels to the Mn4CaO5 cluster of cyanobacterial Photosystem II. This structural parallels indicate that water oxidation chemistry originated at the divergence of Type I and Type II reaction centres. We suggests that this divergence was triggered by a structural rearrangement of a core transmembrane helix resulting in a shift of the redox potential of the electron donor side and electron acceptor side at the same time and in the same redox direction.</jats:p>
AU - Cardona,T
AU - Rutherford,AW
DO - 10.1101/502450
PB - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
PY - 2018///
TI - Evolution of photochemical reaction centres: more twists?
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ER -