J. Phys. IV France
Volume 125, June 2005
Page(s) 765 - 767

J. Phys. IV France 125 (2005) 765-767

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2005125176

In situ photoacoustic spectroscopy of phycobiliproteins in Gracilaria chilensis

R. Saavedra1, M. Figueroa2, T. Wandersleben2, L. Pouchucq2, J.E. Morales1, M. Bunster2 and A. Cruz-Orea3

1  Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Concepcion, Casilla 160-C, Concepcion, Chile
2  Laboratorio de Biofisica Molecular, Depto. Biologia Molecular, Facultad de Ciencias Biologicas, Universidad de Concepcion, Chile
3  Departamento de Fisica, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, A.P. 14-740, CP 07360, Mexico DF, Mexico

Phycobiliproteins, the main polypeptidic components of the phycobilisomes (PBS), are biological macromolecules arranged in complex interaction systems to perform light harvesting and conduction. The optical properties of these systems can hardly be studied by conventional spectroscopic techniques. Furthermore this techniques also involve laborious chemical extraction methods. Photoacoustic (PA) spectroscopy was successfully applied to an in situ study of the phycobiliproteins expression in the eukaryotic red algae: Gracilaria chilensis.

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