In photosynthesis, solar energy is converted into chemical energy, which is then used in nature to produce organic molecules from carbon dioxide. In plants, algae and cyanobacteria, the key photosynthesis reactions take place in two complex structures known as photosystems. These are located in a special membrane system, the thylakoids. However, many details of their molecular structure and the way the proteins are incorporated into the membranes have yet to be explored.
A team led by Professor Conrad Mullineaux from the Institute of Biology and Chemistry at Queen Mary University London, UK, Professor Annegret Wilde and Professor Wolfgang Hess from the Institute of Biology III at the University of Freiburg and Professor Satoru Watanabe from the Institute of Biosciences at the Agricultural University of Tokyo, Japan, has published a study in the current issue of Nature Plants: The mRNAs are transported to the thylakoid membranes and the respective proteins are produced there on the spot.
- Moontaha Mahbub, Luisa Hemm, Yuxiao Yang, Ramanpreet Kaur, Helder Carmen, Christoph Engl, Tuomas Huokko, Matthias Riediger, Satoru Watanabe, Lu-Ning Liu, Annegret Wilde, Wolfgang R. Hess, Conrad W. Mullineaux. mRNA localization, reaction centre biogenesis and thylakoid membrane targeting in cyanobacteria. Nature Plants, 2020; DOI: 10.1038/s41477-020-00764-2
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