Mass Spectrometry of Chlorophylls from Phototrophic Prokaryotes

Airs, RL. 2018 Mass Spectrometry of Chlorophylls from Phototrophic Prokaryotes. Current Organic Chemistry, 22 (9). 10.2174/1385272821666170920164422

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Abstract/Summary

Background: Phototrophic prokaryotes inhabit a diverse array of environments on our planet and also contain a wide range of chlorophylls and bacteriochlorophylls, encompassing both chlorin and bacteriochorin structures. Objective: This review considers the ecological niches of the phototrophic prokaryotes, together with the mass spectrometric study of their chlorophyll and bacteriochlorophyll pigments. Methods: A thorough review of the mass spectrometry literature on chlorophylls from phototrophic prokaryotes has been carried out. Results: Mass spectrometry, particularly coupled with liquid chromatography and used in conjunction with soft ionization techniques, has been pivotal in the assignment of closely related chlorophyll and bacteriochlorophyll structures from these organisms. Conclusion: Exploration of our natural environment continues to find previously uncharacterized photosynthetic prokaryotes, utilizing subtle but significant modifications to the chlorophyll and bacteriochlorophyll structures in our current knowledge.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Subjects: Chemistry
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Marine Biochemistry and Observations
Depositing User: Ruth Airs
Date made live: 10 Feb 2018 11:34
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2018 10:29
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/7786

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