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Frank, H. A.; Chynwat, V.; Hartwich, G.; Meyer, M.; Katheder, Ingrid and Scheer, Hugo (1993): Carotenoid triplet state formation in Rhodobacter sphaeroides R-26 reaction centers exchanged with modified bacteriochlorophyll pigments and reconstituted with spheroidene. In: Photosynthesis Research, Vol. 37, No. 3: pp. 193-203 [PDF, 957kB]


Triplet state electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) experiments have been carried out at X-band on Rb. sphaeroides R-26 reaction centers that have been reconstituted with the carotenoid, spheroidene, and exchanged with 132-OH-Zn-bacteriochlorophyll a and [3-vinyl]-132-OH-bacteriochlorophyll a at the monomeric, lsquoaccessoryrsquo bacteriochlorophyll sites BA,B or with pheophytin a at the bacteriopheophytin sites HA,B. The primary donor and carotenoid triplet state EPR signals in the temperature range 95–150 K are compared and contrasted with those from native Rb. sphaeroides wild type and Rb. sphaeroides R-26 reaction centers reconstituted with spheroidene. The temperature dependencies of the EPR signals are strikingly different for the various samples. The data prove that triplet energy transfer from the primary donor to the carotenoid is mediated by the monomeric, BChlB molecule. Furthermore, the data show that triplet energy transfer from the primary donor to the carotenoid is an activated process, the efficiency of which correlates with the estimated triplet state energies of the modified pigments.

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