Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Abstract When isolating Photosystem 1 from the thylakoid membranes of cyanobacteria, a multiplicity of photosystem complexes can be encountered, which has not yet been observed in any other phototrophic organisms: After solubilisation of thylakoid membranes with detergents, trimeric, dimeric and monomeric forms of Photosystem 1 can be separated. The question must now be answered, which of the stable Photosystem 1 forms is the functional form in vivo-monomeric or trimeric? The two possibilities are discussed, though we mainly present arguments for the existence of the trimeric form of Photosystem 1 in cyanobacterial thylakoid membranes.
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