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Shochat, Susana; Arlt, Thomas; Francke, Christof; Gast, Peter; Noort, Paula I. van; Otte, Stephan C. M.; Schelvis, Hans P. M.; Schmidt, Stefan; Vijgenboom, Erik; Zinth, Wolfgang and Hoff, Arnold J. (4. November 1994): Spectroscopic characterization of reaction centers of the (M)Y210W mutant of the photosynthetic bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides. In: Photosynthesis Research, No. 40: pp. 55-66 [PDF, 1MB]

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The tyrosine-(M)210 of the reaction center of Rhodobacter sphaeroides 2.4.1 has been changed to a tryptophan using site-directed mutagenesis. The reaction center of this mutant has been characterized by low-temperature absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy, time-resolved sub-picosecond spectroscopy, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The charge separation process showed bi-exponential kinetics at room temperature, with a main time constant of 36 ps and an additional fast time constant of 5.1 ps. Temperature dependent fluorescence measurements predict that the lifetime of P* becomes 4–5 times slower at cryogenic temperatures. From EPR and absorbance-detected magnetic resonance (ADMR, LD-ADMR) we conclude that the dimeric structure of P is not significantly changed upon mutation. In contrast, the interaction of the accessory bacteriochlorophyll BA with its environment appears to be altered, possibly because of a change in its position.

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