Treatment of Anabaena variabilis membranes with lauryldimethylamine N-oxide yielded two fractions of pigment-protein complexes which were separable by gel filtration on Sepharose 6B. A green fraction was characterized which had a maximum of the chlorophyll long-wave absorption band at 678 nm and a small amount of carotenoid. In this fraction, Photosystem I activity was higher than in another (brownish-green) fraction which had a maximum of the chlorophyll absorption band at 673 nm and which was enriched in carotenoids. Similarly to isolated membranes, proteoliposomes containing pigment-protein complexes took up tetraphenylborate anions and tetraphenylphosphonium cations and were found to be capable of light-dependent membrane potential generation, when associated with a planar phospholipid membrane in the presence of reduced phenazine methosulfate upon illumination. The spatial arrangement of the pigment-protein complexes in the native and artificial membranes is discussed. © 1982.