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Finkele, Ulrich; Lauterwasser, Christoph; Struck, A.; Scheer, Hugo; Zinth, Wolfgang (1992): Primary electron transfer kinetics in bacterial reaction centers with modified bacteriochlorophylls at the monomeric sites BA,B. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America, Vol. 89, No. 20: pp. 9514-9518


The primary electron transfer has been investigated by femtosecond time-resolved absorption spectroscopy in two chemically modified reaction centers (RC) of Rhodobacter sphaeroides, in which the monomeric bacteriochlorophylls BA and BB have both been exchanged by 13(2)-hydroxybacteriochlorophyll a or [3-vinyl]-13(2)-hydroxybacteriochlorophyll a. The kinetics of the primary electron transfer are not influenced by the 13(2)-hydroxy modification. In RCs containing [3-vinyl]-13(2)-hydroxybacteriochlorophyll a the primary rate is reduced by a factor of 10.