RuBisCO-RuBP complex, illustration

RuBisCO-RuBP complex, illustration

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Credit: RAMON ANDRADE 3DCIENCIA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: RuBisCO-RuBP complex. Computer model showing the structure of a molecule of the carbon fixation enzyme ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase oxygenase (RuBisCO, ribbons), from a spinach plant (Spinacia oleracea), in complex with a molecule of its natural substrate ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate (RuBP, red). RuBisCO is an enzyme that aids carbon fixation - the conversion of inorganic carbon from forms such as carbon dioxide to organic compounds by living organisms in processes such as photosynthesis. It is a hexadecamer composed of 8 heavy catalytic subunits (blue and white ribbons) and 8 light regulatory subunits (yellow and orange).

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