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Photosynthesis Part I - Light Reactions

by: Anna Huryn

Photosynthesis Part I - Light Reactions BIO 183

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These notes cover part I of photosynthesis from week #6 of lecture.
Intro to Bio Cell/ Micro
Dr. Miriam Ferzli
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Date Created: 02/22/16
Anna Huryn BIO 183: Week #6 Dr. Miriam Ferzli Photosynthesis: Part I – Light Reactions  The light reactions are the first step in photosynthesis and are responsible for converting solar energy (sunlight) into chemical energy (ATP and NADPH)  Takes place in the thylakoid membrane Photosynthetic Pigments: Pigments = substances that absorb visible light are known as pigments Accessory pigments = pigments with different absorption spectra that photosynthetically important because they broaden the spectrum of colors that can be used for photosynthesis Carotenoids = hydrocarbons that are various shades of yellow and orange (because they absorb violet and blue-green light) and broaden the spectrum of colors that can drive photosynthesis  When light meets matter it is either reflected, transmitted or absorbed  Different pigments absorb light of different wavelengths, those wavelengths are absorbed and disappear  We see green when we look at a leaf because chlorophyll absorbs violet-blue and red light while transmitting and reflecting green light, therefore violet-blue and red light works best for photosynthesis while green is the least effective color  Photosynthesis utilizes to main pigments: chlorophyll α and chlorophyll β Anna Huryn BIO 183: Week #6 Dr. Miriam Ferzli Photosystems: Photosystem = composed of chlorophyll molecules, a reaction center, and surrounded by a number of light-harvesting complexes Reaction center = a protein complex that includes two special chlorophyll α molecules and a molecule called a primary electron acceptor  Each light harvesting complex consists of pigment molecules (chlorophyll α and β as well as carotenoids)  When a pigment molecule absorbs a photon, the energy is transferred from pigment molecule to pigment molecule within a light-harvesting complex until it is funneled into the reaction center  The solar-powered transfer of an electron from a special chlorophyll α molecule to the primary electron acceptor is the first step of the light reactions  As soon as the chlorophyll electron is excited to a higher energy level, the primary electron acceptor captures it; this is a redox reaction  The thylakoid membrane is populated by two types of photosystems: photosystem II (PS II) and photosystem I (PS I) *they were named in order of their discovery, but the two function sequentially, with PS II functioning first  The special chlorophyll α molecules found in PS II are known as P680 because they best absorbs light with a wavelength of 680nm  The special chlorophyll α molecules found in PS I are known as P700 because they best absorb light with a wavelength of 700nm


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