Water oxidation and water-oxidizing complex in cyanobacteria

Mohammad Mahdi Najafpour, Atefeh Nemati Moghaddam, Jian Ren Shen, Govindjee

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Cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae as they were called, are a group of bacteria that obtain their energy through oxygenic photosynthesis (for a perspective, see [1]; for evolution, see [2]).Cyanobacteria converted the early reducing atmosphere into an oxidizing one and changed the composition of life forms on Earth. The consensus is that chloroplasts in plants and eukaryotic algae have evolved from cyanobacterial ancestors via endosymbiosis [3]. In this chapter, we will discuss the structure and function of the water-oxidizing complex (WOC) in cyanobacteria [4,5].

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStress Biology of Cyanobacteria
Subtitle of host publicationMolecular Mechanisms to Cellular Responses
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781466575196
ISBN (Print)9781466504783
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)


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