[Genji Kurisu] Structural Studies on the transient macromolecular complexes formed upon photoacclimation


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Genji, Kurisu
Genji Kurisu
Osaka University
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Understanding of the energy transduction systems in photosynthesis and its application to bioenergy production is one of the most important subjects in plant science. During photoacclimaton of plants or algae, the transient macromolecular supercomplexes are formed between the dissociable antenna complex and the photosystems. The antenna complex is the key to regulate its supercomplex formation under different light conditions. However, the structure-function relationship of the transient supercomplex is still unknown. In this project, we are trying to understand the structural basis of supercomplex formation within the thylakoide membrane by a combination of X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy, mainly focusing on the transient membrane complex from green algae.

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