Light harvesting by lamellar chromatophores in Rhodospirillum photometricum

Danielle E. Chandler, Johan Strümpfer, Melih Sener, Simon Scheuring, Klaus Schulten

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Purple photosynthetic bacteria harvest light using pigment-protein complexes which are often arranged in pseudo-organelles called chromatophores. A model of a chromatophore from Rhodospirillum photometricum was constructed based on atomic force microscopy data. Molecular-dynamics simulations and quantum-dynamics calculations were performed to characterize the intercomplex excitation transfer network and explore the interplay between close-packing and light-harvesting efficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2503-2510
Number of pages8
JournalBiophysical journal
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 3 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics

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