Wofgang Schröder: The thylakoid lumen – a dynamic part of photosynthesis
The chloroplast lumen plays an important role in the formation of ATP. Almost 10 years ago my group started a systematic proteomic study of the luminal content of Arabidopsis and was first with the discovery that the chloroplast lumen contained a large number of proteins.
The aim of this project is to further develop these studies to gain a more profound understanding of the functions of the luminal proteome.
Functional genomics of low molecular mass subunits in the Photosystem II (PSII) super complex
The complex is located in the thylakoid membrane of higher plants and drives the water oxidation process of photosynthesis, by solar energy. Electron and X-ray crystallography analyses have revealed that the PSII core complex contains at least 12-14 low molecular mass proteins. Why are there are so many single-transmembrane spanning protein subunits in PSII complex. What possible function could these small proteins have in a large supra complex such as PSII?