Identification of the upper exciton component of the B850 bacteriochlorophylls of the LH2 antenna complex, using a B800-free mutant of Rhodobacter sphaeroides


Koolhaus, M.H., Frese, R.N., Fowler, G.J., Bibby, T.S., Georgakopoulou, S., van der Zwan, G., Hunter, C.N. and van Grondelle, R. (1998) Identification of the upper exciton component of the B850 bacteriochlorophylls of the LH2 antenna complex, using a B800-free mutant of Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Biochemistry, 37, (14), 4693-4698. (doi:10.1021/bi973036l).

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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/bi973036l

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In this paper, we report the circular dichroism (CD) spectra of two types of LH2-only mutants of Rhodobacter sphaeroides. In the first, only the wild type LH2 is present, while i the second, the B800 binding site of LH2 has been either destabilized or removed. For the first time, we have identified a band in the CD spectrum of LH2, located at approximately 780 nm, that can be ascribed to the high exciton component of the B850 band. The experimental spectra have been modeled by theoretical calculations. On this basis, the average interaction strength between the monomers in the B850 ring can be estimated to be approximately 300 cm-1. In addition, we suggest that in LH2 of Rb. sphaeroides the angles made by the Qy transitions of the B850 BChls with respect to the plane of the ring are slightly different from those calculated from the crystal structure of the Rhodopseudomonas acidophila LH2 complex.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0006-2960 (print)
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Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Ocean & Earth Science (SOC/SOES)
ePrint ID: 37566
Date Deposited: 23 May 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:23
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/37566

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