Refereed review article in scientific journal (A2)

Phylogenetic viewpoints on regulation of light harvesting and electron transport in eukaryotic photosynthetic organisms

List of Authors: Grouneva I, Gollan PJ, Kangasjarvi S, Suorsa M, Tikkanen M, Aro EM

Publisher: SPRINGER

Publication year: 2013

Journal: Planta

Journal name in source: PLANTA

Journal acronym: PLANTA

Number in series: 2

Volume number: 237

Issue number: 2

Start page: 399

End page: 412

Number of pages: 14

ISSN: 0032-0935


The comparative study of photosynthetic regulation in the thylakoid membrane of different phylogenetic groups can yield valuable insights into mechanisms, genetic requirements and redundancy of regulatory processes. This review offers a brief summary on the current understanding of light harvesting and photosynthetic electron transport regulation in different photosynthetic eukaryotes, with a special focus on the comparison between higher plants and unicellular algae of secondary endosymbiotic origin. The foundations of thylakoid structure, light harvesting, reversible protein phosphorylation and PSI-mediated cyclic electron transport are traced not only from green algae to vascular plants but also at the branching point between the "green" and the "red" lineage of photosynthetic organisms. This approach was particularly valuable in revealing processes that (1) are highly conserved between phylogenetic groups, (2) serve a common physiological role but nevertheless originate in divergent genetic backgrounds or (3) are missing in one phylogenetic branch despite their unequivocal importance in another, necessitating a search for alternative regulatory mechanisms and interactions.

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