Small-Angle X-Ray and Neutron Scattering on Photosynthetic Membranes

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Ultrastructural membrane arrangements in living cells and their dynamic remodeling in response to environmental changes remain an area of active research but are also subject to large uncertainty. The use of noninvasive methods such as X-ray and neutron scattering provides an attractive complimentary source of information to direct imaging because in vivo systems can be probed in near-natural conditions. However, without solid underlying structural modeling to properly interpret the indirect information extracted, scattering provides at best qualitative information and at worst direct misinterpretations. Here we review the current state of small-angle scattering applied to photosynthetic membrane systems with particular focus on data interpretation and modeling.

Original languageEnglish
Article number631370
JournalFrontiers in Chemistry
Volume9
Number of pages14
ISSN2296-2646
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2021

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  • SAXS, SANS, thylakoids, photosynthesis, structural modeling, small-angle scattering, CHLOROPLAST THYLAKOID MEMBRANES, ATOMIC-FORCE MICROSCOPY, LIGHT-INDUCED-CHANGES, PROLAMELLAR BODIES, STRUCTURAL ORGANIZATION, SPINACH-CHLOROPLASTS, HARVESTING COMPLEX, GRANA MEMBRANES, ENERGY-TRANSFER, IN-VIVO

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