Ultrafast evolution of the excited states in the minor chlorophyll a/b complex CP29 from green plants studied by energy-selective pump-probe spectroscopy.

C.C. Gradinaru, A.A. Pascal, F. van Mourik, B. Robert, P. Horton, R. van Grondelle, H. van Amerongen

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Abstract

The energy transfer process in the minor light-harvesting antenna complex CP29 of green plants was probed in multicolor transient absorption experiments at 77 K using selective subpicosecond excitation pulses at 640 and 650 nm. Energy flow from each of the chlorophyll (Chl) b molecules of the complex could thus be studied separately. The analysis of our data showed that the 'blue' Chl b (absorption around 640 nm) transfers excitation to a 'red' Chl a with a time constant of 350 ± 100 fs, while the 'red' Chl b (absorption at 650 nm) transfers on a picosecond time scale (2.2 ± 0.5 ps) toward a 'blue' Chl a. Furthermore, both fast (280 ± 50 fs) and slow (10 - 13 ps) equilibration processes among the Chl a molecules were observed, with rates and associated spectra very similar to those of the major antenna complex, LHC-II. Based on the protein sequence homology between CP29 and LHC- II, abasic modelling of the observed kinetics was performed using the LHC-II structure and the Forster theory of energy transfer. Thus, an assignment for the spectral properties and orientation of the two Chl's b, as- well as for their closest Chl a neighbors, is put forward, and a comparison is made with the previous assignments and models for LHC-II and CP29.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1143-1149
JournalBiochemistry
Volume37
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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