Excitation energy transfer and trapping dynamics in the core complex of the filamentous photosynthetic bacterium Roseiflexus castenholzii

Yueyong Xin, Jie Pan, Aaron M. Collins, Su Lin, Robert E. Blankenship

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The light-harvesting core complex of the thermophilic filamentous anoxygenic phototrophic bacterium Roseiflexus castenholzii is intrinsic to the cytoplasmic membrane and intimately bound to the reaction center (RC). Using ultrafast transient absorption and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy with selective excitation, energy transfer, and trapping dynamics in the core complex have been investigated at room temperature in both open and closed RCs. Results presented in this report revealed that the excited energy transfer from the BChl 800 to the BChl 880 band of the antenna takes about 2 ps independent of the trapping by the RC. The time constants for excitation quenching in the core antenna BChl 880 by open and closed RCs were found to be 60 and 210 ps, respectively. Assuming that the light harvesting complex is generally similar to LH1 of purple bacteria, the possible structural and functional aspects of this unique antenna complex are discussed. The results show that the core complex of Roseiflexus castenholzii contains characteristics of both purple bacteria and Chloroflexus aurantiacus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-156
Number of pages8
JournalPhotosynthesis research
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012



  • Core complex
  • Excitation energy transfer
  • Filamentous anoxygenic photosynthetic bacterium
  • Roseiflexus castenholzii
  • Trapping
  • Ultrafast spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology

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