This mini review presents a general comparison of structural and functional peculiarities of three types of photosynthetic reaction centers (RCs) - photosystem (PS) II, RC from purple bacteria (bRC) and PS I. The nature and mechanisms of the primary electron transfer reactions, as well as specific features of the charge transfer reactions at the donor and acceptor sides of RCs are considered. Comparison of photosynthetic RCs shows general similarity between the core central parts of all three types, between the acceptor sides of bRC and PS II, and between the donor sides of bRC and PS I. In the latter case, the similarity covers thermodynamic, kinetic and dielectric properties, which determine the resemblance of mechanisms of electrogenic reduction of the photooxidized primary donors. Significant distinctions between the donor and acceptor sides of PS I and PS II are also discussed. The results recently obtained in our laboratory indicate in favor of the following sequence of the primary and secondary electron transfer reactions: in PS II (bRC): 680(870) → ChlD1 → Phe(bPhe) → QA; and in PS I: 700 → 0/A0B → QA/QB.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology|
|State||Published - Jul 1 2011|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging