Current Protein & Peptide Science

Ben M. Dunn  
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology University of Florida
College of Medicine, P.O. Box 100245, Gainesville
Florida, FL 32610-0245


The Unique Photophysical Properties of the Peridinin-Chlorophyll-a-Protein

Author(s): Donatella Carbonera, Marilena Di Valentin, Riccardo Spezia, Alberto Mezzetti.


Peridinin-Chlorophyll-a-Proteins (PCPs) are water-soluble light harvesting complexes from dinoflagellates. They have unique light-harvesting and energy transfer properties which have been studied in details in the last 15 years. This review aims to give an overview on all the main aspects of PCPs photophysics, with an emphasis on some aspects which have not been reviewed in details so far, such as vibrational spectroscopy studies, theoretical calculations, and magnetic resonance studies. A paragraph on the present development of PCPs towards technological applications is also included.

Keywords: Carotenoids, light-harvesting, peridinin, peridinin-chlorophyll-protein, photoprotection.

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Article Details

Year: 2014
Page: [332 - 350]
Pages: 19
DOI: 10.2174/1389203715666140327111139