Meaning of bacteriorhodopsin


Pronunciation: (bak-tēr"ē-ō-rō-dop'sin), [key]
— n. Biochem.
  1. a protein complex in the membrane of halobacteria that conducts a unique form of photosynthesis, employing the light-sensitive pigment retinal rather than the chlorophyll used by all other known photosynthetic organisms.
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