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Entropy-assisted stacking of thylakoid membranes

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


Chloroplasts in plants and some green algae contain a continuous thylakoid membrane system that is structurally differentiated into stacked granal membranes interconnected by unstacked thylakoids, the stromal lamellae. Experiments were conducted to test the hypothesis that the thermodynamic tendency to increase entropy in chloroplasts contributes to thylakoid stacking to form grana. We show that the addition of bovine serum albumin or dextran, two very different water-soluble macromolecules, to...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta: International journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics
DOI: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2005.03.011


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