Energy Transfer and Trapping in Red-Chlorophyll-Free Photosystem I from Synechococcus WH 7803

I.H.M. van Stokkum, T.E. Desquilbet, C.D. van der Weij-de Wit, J.J. Snellenburg, R. van Grondelle, J-C. Thomas, J.P. Dekker, B.H. Robert

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We report for the first time steady-state and time-resolved emission properties of photosystem I (PSI) complexes isolated from the cyanobacterial strain Synechococcus WH 7803. The PSI complexes from this strain display an extremely small fluorescence emission yield at 77 K, which we attribute to the absence of so-called red antenna chlorophylls, chlorophylls with absorption maxima at wavelengths longer than those of the primary electron donor P700. Emission measurements at room temperature with picosecond time resolution resulted in two main decay components with lifetimes of about 7.5 and 18 ps and spectra peaking at about 685 nm. Especially in the red flanks, these spectra show consistent differences, which means that earlier proposed models for the primary charge separation reactions based on ultrafast (∼1 ps) excitation equilibration processes cannot describe the data. We show target analyses of a number of alternative models and conclude that a simple model (Ant2)* (Ant1/RC)* → RP2 can explain the time-resolved emission data very well. In this model, (Ant2)* represents chlorophylls that spectrally equilibrate in about 7.5 ps and in which RP2 represents the "final" radical pair P700
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11176-11183
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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