Special Issue in CURRENT PROTEIN & PEPTIDE SCIENCE
Guest Editor: Giuseppina Rea
SENSORS AND TRANSDUCERS IN THE PHOTOSYNTHETIC LANDSCAPE
Aims & Scope:
Photosynthesis is a paramount biological process enabling and sustaining aerobic life on Earth. Embedded into asimetrically charged lipid bilayers, individual macromolecular components perform the vital light-harvesting, charge-separation, and water splitting functions to store solar energy in an amenable biochemical form. Acting at micro- and nanoscale levels on femto-picosecond timescale, macromolecular photosynthetic complexes are receiving renewed attention due to the possibility to construct optoelectronic devices and mono- and/or multi-molecular layers of either natural or engineered subcomponents for the development of biosensors, biochips and photovoltaic semiconductors. Actually, in the era of synthetic biology in which sensors and transducers dominate the scene, photosynthetic proteins play as main actors paving the way to their possible exploitation as artificial biomimetics. This special issue aims to provide an updated overview on the structural and functional features of the most promising protein assemblies suitable for the abovementioned biotechnological applications.
Photosynthesis; biosensors; bio-energy; biomimetics; plastoquinones; bacterial RCs; PSII; PSI; LHCs Peridinin; Ferredoxin and FNR; X-rays.
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Maya Dimova Lambreva, Daniela Russo, Fabio Polticelli, Viviana Scognamiglio, Amina Antonacci, Veranika Zobnina, Gaetano Campi, Giuseppina Rea
Stefano Caffarri, Tania Tibiletti, Robert C. Jennings, Stefano Santabarbara
Donatella Carbonera, Marilena Di Valentin, Riccardo Spezia, Alberto Mezzetti
Thomas Roach, Anja Krieger-Liszkay
László Nagy, Melinda Magyar, Tibor Szabó, Kata Hajdu, Livia Giotta, Márta Dorogi and Francesco Milano
Julian Ihssen, Artur Braun, Krisztina Gajda-Schrantz, Linda Thöny-Meyer
Tatjana Goss and Guy Hanke
G. Campi, G. Ciasca, N. Poccia, A. Ricci, M. Fratini and A. Bianconi