Carotenoids in photosynthesis

Richard J. Cogdell
1985 Pure and Applied Chemistry  
Wild-type photosynthetic organisms all contain carotenoids. These photosynthetic carotenoids are mainly packaged (together with the chlorophylls or bacteriochlorophylls) into specific pigment-protein complexes. This review lecture summarises the main types of photochemical reactions which carotenoids undergo in vitro and emphasises the organising role of the apoproteins, of these pigment-protein complexes, in controlling those reactions which are actually expressed in vivo. INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
more » ... NTRODUCTORY REMARKS Carotenoids are essentially hydrophobic molecules and are typically found associated with photosynthetic membranes. However, they are not freely mobile within the liquid interior of these membranes, but are rather non-covalently bound to specific pigment-protein complexes. These complexes also usually contain chiorophylls or bacteriochlorophylls.
doi:10.1351/pac198557050723 fatcat:lqmh55o4anbxdc5xwedwaol7fa