Journal of
Biophysics and Structural Biology

  • Abbreviation: J. Biophys. Struct. Biol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2200
  • DOI: 10.5897/JBSB
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 25

Full Length Research Paper

Chlorosoma: How can it contribute to photosynthesis of green bacteria?

A. Y. Borisov
A. N. Belozersky Institute of Physico-Chemical Biology in M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University. Vorob’ev hills, 119992 Moscow.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 23 October 2009
  •  Published: 31 December 2009


Numerous kinetic data for excitation energy decay in bacteriochlorophylls as well as extremely short lifetimes of excitations in dominating chlorosoma pigment exclude the possibility of an efficient migration of this energy from chlorosoma to the main intra-membrane photosystem of some green bacteria. Author discusses the main purpose and molecular mechanism which account for this inconsistency in huge, 3D chlorosoma and substantiates the conditions of cell growing under which this energy migration from chlorosoma may become efficient.


Key words: Green bacteria, chlorosoma, energy migration and trapping.