Jessica I Chuang

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The nitrile stretching mode of the thiocyanate moiety is a nearly ideal probe for measuring the local electric field arising from the organized environment of the interior of a protein. Nitriles were introduced into three proteins: ribonuclease S (RNase S), human aldose reductase (hALR2), and the reaction center (RC) of Rhodobacter capsulatus, through a(More)
Subpicosecond time-resolved absorption measurements at 77 K on two reaction center (RC) mutants of Rhodobacter capsulatus are reported. In the D(LL) mutant the D helix of the M subunit has been substituted with the D helix from the L subunit, and in the D(LL)-FY(L)F(M) mutant, three additional mutations are incorporated that facilitate electron transfer to(More)
We present studies on a series of photosynthetic reaction center (RC) mutants created in the background of the Rhodobacter capsulatus D(LL) mutant, in which the D helix of the M subunit has been substituted with that from the L subunit. Previous work on the D(LL) mutant in chromatophore preparations showed that RCs assembled without the bacteriopheophytin(More)
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