Ingrid Weber

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Several studies have demonstrated that it is viable to use microcrystalline preparations of water-soluble proteins as samples in solid-state NMR experiments [1-5]. Here, we investigate whether this approach holds any potential for studying water-insoluble systems, namely membrane proteins. For this case study, we have prepared proteoliposomes and small(More)
In the presented study the low pH photocycle of proteorhodopsin is extensively investigated by means of low temperature FTIR spectroscopy. Besides the already well-known characteristics of the all-trans and 13-cis retinal vibrations the 77K difference spectrum at pH 5.1 shows an additional negative signal at 1744 cm(-1) which is interpreted as indicator for(More)
The photocycle of the proton acceptor complex mutant D227N of the bacterial retinal protein proteorhodopsin is investigated employing steady state pH-titration experiments in the UV-visible range as well as femtosecond-pump-probe spectroscopy and flash photolysis in the visible spectral range. The evaluation of the pH-dependent spectra showed that the(More)
We present a comparative study using femtosecond pump/probe spectroscopy in the visible and infrared of the early photodynamics of solubilized proteorhodopsin (green absorbing variant) in D(2)O with deprotonated (pD 9.2) and protonated (pD 6.4) primary proton acceptor Asp-97. The vis-pump/vis-probe experiments show a kinetic isotope effect that is more(More)
The retinal protein proteorhodopsin is a homolog of the well-characterized light-driven proton pump bacteriorhodopsin. Basic mechanisms of proton transport seem to be conserved, but there are noticeable differences in the pH ranges of proton transport. Proton transport and protonation state of a carboxylic acid side chain, the primary proton acceptor, are(More)
Femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopy in the visible and IR range was utilized to study the primary reaction dynamics of the proteorhodopsin (PR) D97N mutant in comparison with wild type PR at different pH values. The analysis of the data obtained in the mid-IR closely resembles the results for wild type PR. The observation of the first ground state(More)
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