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Antony R. Crofts

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Contact Information

153 Davenport, B-4
600 S Mathews
M/C 712
Urbana, IL 61801
Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry
Professor Emeritus of Biophysics and Computational Biology

Research Description

The Crofts Lab explored structure/function relationships in photosynthetic energy conversion; structure of membrane proteins; mechanism of energy conservation; photosynthesis in intact plants; and energetics of the biosphere.


B.A. 1961 University of Cambridge, U.K.
Ph.D. 1965 University of Cambridge, U.K.
Postdoc. 1965-66, Dept. of Physiology, U.C., Berkeley

Additional Campus Affiliations

Beckman Institute

Highlighted Publications

Representative Publications

1. Crofts, A.R. (2007) Life, information, entropy, and time. Complexity, 13, 14-50 (PMC2577055)

2. Crofts, A.R., Holland, J.T., Victoria, D., Kolling D.R.J., Dikanov, S.A., Gilbreth, R., Lhee, S., Kuras, R., and Guergova-Kuras, M. (2008) The Q-cycle reviewed: How well does a monomeric mechanism of the bc1 complex account for the function of a dimeric complex? Biochim. Biophys. Acta, 1777, 1001-1019 (PMC2578832)

3. Kolling, D.R.J., Samoilova, R.I., Shubin, A.A., Crofts, A.R. and Dikanov, S. A. (2009) Proton Environment of Reduced Rieske Iron-Sulfur Cluster Probed by Two-Dimensional ESEEM Spectroscopy. J. Phys. Chem. 113, 653-667 (PMC2773023)

4. Dikanov, S.A., Samoilova, R.I., Kappl, R., Crofts, A.R. and Hüttermann, J. (2009) The reduced [2Fe-2S] clusters in adrenodoxin and ferredoxin share spin density with protein nitrogens, probed using 2D ESEEM. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 11, 6807-6819 (PMC2773023)

5. Lhee, S., Kolling, D. R., Nair, S. K., Dikanov, S. A. and Crofts, A. R. (2010) Modifications of protein environment of the [2Fe-2S] cluster of the bc1 complex: Effects on the biophysical properties of the Rieske iron-sulfur protein and on the kinetics of the complex. J. Biol. Chem. 285, 9233-9248 (PMC2838342)

6. R.I. Samoilova, A.R. Crofts, S.A. Dikanov, Reaction of superoxide radical with quinone molecules, J. Phys. Chem. A, 115 (2011) 11589-11593

7. S. Hong, D. Victoria, A.R. Crofts, Inter-monomer electron transfer is too slow to compete with monomeric turnover in bc1 complex. Biochim. Biophys. Acta, 1817 (2012) 1053-1062.

8. Victoria, D., Burton, R., Crofts, A.R. (2013) Role of the -PEWY-glutamate in catalysis at the Qo-site of the cyt bc1 complex. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1827, 365-386.

9. Crofts, A. R., Hong, S., Wilson, C., Burton, R., Victoria, D., Harrison, C., Schulten, K. (2013) The mechanism of ubihydroquinone oxidation at the Qo-site of the cytochrome bc1 complex. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1827, 1362–1377