Identification of common motifs in the regulation of light harvesting: The case of cyanobacteria IsiA

M.D. Wahadoszamen, S. D'Haene, A.M. Ara, E. Romera, J.P. Dekker, R. van Grondelle, R. Berera

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When cyanobacteria are grown under iron-limited or other oxidative stress conditions the iron stress inducible pigment-protein IsiA is synthesized in variable amounts. IsiA accumulates in aggregates inside the photosynthetic membrane that strongly dissipate chlorophyll excited state energy. In this paper we applied Stark fluorescence (SF) spectroscopy at 77 K to IsiA aggregates to gain insight into the nature of the emitting and energy dissipating state(s). Our study shows that two emitting states are present in the system, one emitting at 684 nm and the other emitting at about 730 nm. The new 730 nm state exhibits strongly reduced fluorescence (F) together with a large charge transfer character. We discuss these findings in the light of the energy dissipation mechanisms involved in the regulation of photosynthesis in plants, cyanobacteria and diatoms. Our results suggest that photosynthetic organisms have adopted common mechanisms to cope with the deleterious effects of excess light under unfavorable growth conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-492
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics
Early online date21 Jan 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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