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A membrane-bound complex in plants and photosynthetic bacteria, responsible for light-harvesting and primary electron transfer. Comprises light-harvesting pigments such as chlorophyll; a primary electron-transfer centre, and secondary electron carriers. In green plant photosynthesis, Photosystem I transfers electrons from plastocyanin to a [2Fe-2S] ferredoxin, and contains iron-sulfur proteins. Photosystem II transfers electrons from the oxygen-evolving complex to plastoquinone, and contains an iron centre.
PAC, 1997, 69, 1251 (Glossary of terms used in bioinorganic chemistry (IUPAC Recommendations 1997)) on page 1292
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8.
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