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Granal stacking of thylakoid membranes in higher plant chloroplasts: the physicochemical forces at work and the functional consequences that ensue

Chow, Wah S (Fred); Kim, Eun-Ha; Horton, Peter; Anderson, Jan


The formation of grana in chloroplasts of higher plants is examined in terms of the subtle interplay of physicochemical forces of attraction and repulsion. The attractive forces between two adjacent membranes comprise (1) van der Waals attraction that depends on the abundance and type of atoms in each membrane, on the distance between the membranes and on the dielectric constant, (2) depletion attraction that generates local order by granal stacking at the expense of greater disorder (i.e....[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences
DOI: 10.1039/b507310n


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