Water oxidation and water-oxidizing complex in cyanobacteria

Mohammad Mahdi Najafpour, Atefeh Nemati Moghaddam, Jian-Ren Shen, Govindjee

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    Cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae as they were called, are a group of bacteria that obtain their energy through oxygenic photosynthesis (for a perspective, see [1]; for evolution, see [2]).Cyanobacteria converted the early reducing atmosphere into an oxidizing one and changed the composition of life forms on Earth. The consensus is that chloroplasts in plants and eukaryotic algae have evolved from cyanobacterial ancestors via endosymbiosis [3]. In this chapter, we will discuss the structure and function of the water-oxidizing complex (WOC) in cyanobacteria [4,5].

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationStress Biology of Cyanobacteria
    Subtitle of host publicationMolecular Mechanisms to Cellular Responses
    PublisherCRC Press
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Electronic)9781466575196
    ISBN (Print)9781466504783
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
    • Immunology and Microbiology(all)


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