Prokaryotic photosynthesis and phototrophy illuminated

Donald Ashley Bryant, Niels Ulrik Frigaard

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Abstract

Genome sequencing projects are revealing new information about the distribution and evolution of photosynthesis and phototrophy. Although coverage of the five phyla containing photosynthetic prokaryotes (Chlorobi, Chloroflexi, Cyanobacteria, Proteobacteria and Firmicutes) is limited and uneven, genome sequences are (or soon will be) available for >100 strains from these phyla. Present knowledge of photosynthesis is almost exclusively based on data derived from cultivated species but metagenomic studies can reveal new organisms with novel combinations of photosynthetic and phototrophic components that have not yet been described. Metagenomics has already shown how the relatively simple phototrophy based upon rhodopsins has spread laterally throughout Archaea, Bacteria and eukaryotes. In this review, we present examples that reflect recent advances in phototroph biology as a result of insights from genome and metagenome sequencing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)488-496
Number of pages9
JournalTrends in Microbiology
Volume14
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006

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Phototrophic Processes
Photosynthesis
Metagenomics
Genome
Chlorobi
Chloroflexi
Metagenome
Proteobacteria
Rhodopsin
Information Dissemination
Archaea
Cyanobacteria
Eukaryota
Bacteria

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology

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Bryant, Donald Ashley ; Frigaard, Niels Ulrik. / Prokaryotic photosynthesis and phototrophy illuminated. In: Trends in Microbiology. 2006 ; Vol. 14, No. 11. pp. 488-496.
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In: Trends in Microbiology, Vol. 14, No. 11, 01.11.2006, p. 488-496.

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