Summary: Photosynthesis Research 73: 139148, 2002.
© 2002 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands.
Plastoquinone redox control of chloroplast thylakoid protein
phosphorylation and distribution of excitation energy between
photosystems: discovery, background, implications
John F. Allen
Plant Biochemistry, Lund University, Box 124, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; fax:
Received 4 July 2001; accepted in revised form 29 November 2001
Key words: John F. Allen, Charles J. Arntzen, John Bennett, Robert Emerson, enhancement, Peter Horton, light
harvesting complex II, photosystem, plastoquinone, protein phosphorylation, redox control, state transitions,
Katherine E. Steinback, Alison Telfer, W. Patrick Williams
Chloroplast thylakoid protein phosphorylation was discovered, and the most conspicuous phosphoproteins iden-
tified, by John Bennett at Warwick University. His initial findings were published in 1977. The phosphoproteins
included apoproteins of chloroplast light harvesting complex II. Thylakoid protein phosphorylation was shown to
influence distribution of excitation energy between Photosystems I and II in 1979, during a visit by Bennett to
the laboratory of Charles J. Arntzen at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. That work was published