The Story of the Scientific Discovery of Plastocyanin Dimorphism
Photosynthesis is considered the most important process in the biosphere. A chain of four complex protein molecules localized in the chloroplasts (Photosystem II (PSII), Photosystem I (PSI), Cytochrome b6f (Cyt.b6f), and ATP synthase), plus several removable proteins, known as Plastoquinone (PQ), Plastocyanin (PC), Cytochrome c6 (Cyt.c6), and Ferredoxin (Fd), recreate or convert the solar energy into a double electron stream, both cyclic and linear. This book proposes the hypothesis that the physiological motif of plastocyanin dimorphism is a hallmark of higher plants. The book will also serve as a methodological guide to photosynthesis, as it offers various methods for the study of proteins.
Mitko Ivanov Dimitrov received his PhD from the Institute of Biochemistry at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in 1977. In 2001, he was elected as a Deputy Director of the Institute of Biophysics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He received the award “Honorary Sign of Merit” from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences for the discovery and investigation of Plastocyanin b, in 2005, as well as a diploma from the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science in 2020. He is the author of 81 scientific articles.
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