Giovanni Giacometti

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Two histidines provide the axial ligands of the two chlorophyll a (Chl a) molecules which form the primary electron donor (P700) of photosystem I (PSI). Histidine 676 in the protein subunit PsaA, His(A676), and histidine 656 in subunit PsaB, His(B656), were replaced in the green algae Chlamydomnas reinhardtii by site-directed mutagenesis with nonpolar,(More)
An ADMR T-S spectrum of the primary donor (P680) of photosystem II (PSII) was obtained from anaerobically photoreduced particles. The spectrum is the best resolved obtained so far having a main bleaching band at 684 nm with a linewidth of only 100 cm-1. The view that this spectrum is produced by native homogeneous P680 unlike those obtained before is(More)
Chemical oxidation of the chlorosomes from Chloroflexus aurantiacus and Chlorobium tepidum green bacteria produces bacteriochlorophyll radicals, which are characterized by an anomalously narrow EPR signal compared to in vitro monomeric BChl c .+ [Van Noort PI, Zhu Y, LoBrutto R and Blankenship RE (1997) Biophys J 72: 316–325]. We have performed oxidant(More)
Rapid-scan Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) difference spectroscopy was used to investigate the electron transfer reaction Q(A-)Q(B)-->Q(A)Q(B-) (k(AB)(1)) in mutant reaction centers of Rhodobacter sphaeroides, where Asp-L210 and/or Asp-M17 have been replaced with Asn. Mutation of both residues decreases drastically k(AB)(1)), attributed to slow proton(More)
Optically detected magnetic resonance of chlorosome-containing membranes from the green filamentous bacterium Chloroflexus aurantiacus has been performed both by fluorescence and absorption detection. Triplet states localized in the chlorosomes and in the B808–866 complex have been characterized. After chemical reduction with ascorbate followed by(More)
This paper tells the history of two brothers, almost a generation apart in age, who met again, after having followed different academic paths, to introduce biophysical research in photosynthesis at the University of Padova. The development of two research groups, one in the Chemistry Department, the other in the Biology Department led to a comprehensive(More)
We revisit here how Raman microscopy can be used to estimate the H content in hydrogenated amorphous carbon layers. The H content was varied from 2 at.% to 30 at.%, using heat treatments from room temperature to 1300 K and was determined independently using ion beam analysis. We examine the correlation of various Raman parameters and the consistency of(More)
The structure of six tiles extracted from the erosion and deposition zones (thin and thick deposition) of the Tore Supra toroidal pump limiter (TPL) have been analysed in the framework of the DITS campaign using micro-Raman spectroscopy. This post-mortem analysis gives information on both carbon structure and D content. We have found that the carbon(More)