Non-cyclic Electron Transport in Photosynthesis

Photophosphorylation refers to the use of light energy to ultimately provide the energy to convert ADP to ATP, thus replenishing the universal energy currency in living things. In the simplest systems in prokaryotes, photosynthesis is used just for the production of energy, and not for the building of any biological molecules. But in plants the photosynthesis process also provides energy in the form of reduced coenzymes which drive the process of biochemical synthesis culminating in the production of glucose and other sugars. This process uses both Photosystem II and Photosystem I acting in series. The above illustration is patterned after Moore and shows some of the steps of the non-cyclic electron transport process.

Another way to look at this two-stage process for providing the energy for building molecules is in terms of the electron energies measured in units of the redox potential in volts. This illustration, patterned after Karp, outlines the steps in the process with the position on the vertical axis indicating the level of energy attained.

The thylakoid membranes are the location for the electron transport interactions that make available the light energy for chemical processes.

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Energy cycle in living things

Photosynthesis Concepts

Moore, et al.
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