Contains chlorophyll a, β-carotene, pheophytin, plastoquinone, a Mn4Ca cluster, heme and non-heme iron. Four successive photoreactions, resulting in a storage of four positive charges, are required to oxidize two water molecules to one oxygen molecule.
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