The Biology Project: Biochemistry

Photosynthesis Problem Set 1

Problem 3: Overall redox reaction


During noncyclic photophosphorylation, water is oxidized and the electrons from water pass through photosystem II and photosystem I before reducing:
A carbon dioxide


Each step in this pathway is a coupled oxidation-reduction reaction. Water is oxidized as a result of the light reaction of photosystem II. From photosystem II, electrons pass to plastoquinone to cytochromes to plastocyanin. Another light reaction at photosystem I activates electrons for transfer to ferredoxin, and finally to NADP+.

C plastoquinones


E ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate

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