Light regulation of pigment and photosystem biosynthesis in cyanobacteria

Ming Yang Ho, Nathan T. Soulier, Daniel P. Canniffe, Gaozhong Shen, Donald A. Bryant

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Most cyanobacteria are obligate oxygenic photoautotrophs, and thus their growth and survival is highly dependent on effective utilization of incident light. Cyanobacteria have evolved a diverse set of phytochromes and cyanobacteriochromes (CBCRs) that allow cells to respond to light in the range from ∼300 nm to ∼750 nm. Together with associated response regulators, these photosensory proteins control many aspects of cyanobacterial physiology and metabolism. These include far-red light photoacclimation (FaRLiP), complementary chromatic acclimation (CCA), low-light photoacclimation (LoLiP), photosystem content and stoichiometry (long-term adaptation), short-term acclimation (state transitions), circadian rhythm, phototaxis, photomorphogenesis/development, and cellular aggregation. This minireview highlights some discoveries concerning phytochromes and CBCRs as well as two acclimation processes that improve light harvesting and energy conversion under specific irradiance conditions: FaRLiP and CCA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-33
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Opinion in Plant Biology
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Plant Science

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