Inhibitors in the functional dissection of the photosynthetic electron transport system

Photosynth Res. 2007 May;92(2):217-24. doi: 10.1007/s11120-007-9213-x. Epub 2007 Jul 24.


The significance of inhibitors and artificial electron acceptor and donor systems as experimental tools for studying the photosynthetic system is described by reviewing early classical articles. The historical development in unravelling the role and sequence of electron carriers and energy conserving sites in the electron transport chain is acknowledged. Emphasis is given to inhibitors of the acceptor side of photosystem II and of the plastoquinol oxidation site in the cytochrome b6/f complex. Their role in regulatory processes under redox control is introduced.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cytochrome b6f Complex / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Electron Transport / drug effects
  • Photosynthesis / drug effects*
  • Photosystem II Protein Complex / antagonists & inhibitors*


  • Photosystem II Protein Complex
  • Cytochrome b6f Complex