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Time-resolved tryptophan fluorescence in photosynthetic reaction centers from Rhodobacter sphaeroides



Time-resolved tryptophan fluorescence in photosynthetic reaction centers from Rhodobacter sphaeroides



FEBS (Federation of European Biochemical Societies) Letters 321(2-3): 229-232



Tryptophan fluorescence of reaction centers isolated from Rhodobacter sphaeroides, both stationary and time-resolved, was studied. Fluorescence kinetics were found to fit best a sum of four discrete exponential components. Half of the initial amplitude was due to a component with a lifetime of congruent to 60 ps, belonging to Trp residues, capable of efficient transfer of excitation energy to bacteriochlorophyll molecules of the reaction center. The three other components seem to be emitted by Trp ground-state conformers, unable to participate in such a transfer. Under the influence of intense actinic light, photooxidizing the reaction centers, the yield of stationary fluorescence diminished by congruent to 1.5 times, while the number of the kinetic components and their life times remained practically unchanged. Possible implications of the observed effects for the primary photosynthesis events are considered.

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PMID: 8477854

DOI: 10.1016/0014-5793(93)80114-a


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