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BIOCHEMISTRY: Water Photolysis in Biology

Access to the article is free, however registration and sign-in are required. At the heart of photosynthesis, the main process by which solar energy enters the biosphere, is a fascinating enzyme that oxidizes water and as a side effect produces the oxygen in the atmosphere. In their perspective, Rutherford and Boussac describe how a structure of the enzyme determined by Ferreira et al. contributes to our understanding of photosynthesis. Besides providing the long-awaited structure of the catalytic site, the work provides constraints for future mechanistic models.

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Resource Type: Journal article/Issue, Review, Diagram
Audience Level: Undergraduate lower division 13-14, Undergraduate upper division 15-16, Graduate

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Authors and Editors: A. W. Rutherford of Département de Biologie Joliot Curie, Service of Bioenergetics, A. Boussac of Département de Biologie Joliot Curie, Service of Bioenergetics
Publisher: AAAS
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