The mutation, H(M182)L, in the Rhodobacter sphaeroides reaction center (RC) results in the replacement of the monomer bacteriochlorophyll on the inactive side (B-side) of the RC with a bacteriopheophytin (the new cofactor is referred to as φB). In φB containing RCs, P* stimulated emission decays with an accelerated time constant of 2.6 ± 0.1 ps at room temperature compared to 3.1 ± 0.2 ps in WT RCs. Analysis of the time-resolved spectra implies that two states are being formed during the initial reaction in the mutant: the usual P+HA- state, as seen in WT, and a new state, P+φB-. P+φB- is formed during the decay of P* and recombines to the ground state with a lifetime of 200 ± 20 ps. The yield of the P+φB- state is 35 ± 5% at room temperature, while the remaining 65 ± 5% of the initial electron-transfer results in P+HA-. There does not appear to be any further electron transfer from φB- to HB. Apparently, in the H(M182)L mutant, the state P+φB- is lower in free energy than the P+HB- state.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry