Joseph J. Katz

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A comparison has been made between Signal I, the photo-electron spin resonance signal associated with the primary light conversion act in photosynthesis, and free-radical signals generated in various chlorophyll species in vitro. The esr signals obtained from chlorophyll.monomer, (Chl.L)(+.), chlorophyll dimer, (Chl(2))(+.), and chlorophyll oligomer,(More)
Bacteriopheophytin g and small amounts of bacteriochlorophyll g have been obtained in high purity from the recently discovered photosynthetic bacterium Heliobacterium chlorum. Preparative methods and precautions in handling these sensitive compounds are described. The compounds have been characterized by californium-252 plasma desorption mass spectrometry,(More)
In vitro and in vivo triplet state electron paramagnetic resonance (epr) spectra of bacteriochlorophylls (Bchls) show important differences in (a) electron spin polarization (esp), and (b) zero field splitting (ZFS) parameters. The unusual esp and ZFS properties of the observed in vivo triplet state are best interpreted as arising from a short-lived radical(More)
Micelles of hydrated chlorophyll a (P740), bacteriochlorophyll a (P865), bacteriochlorophyll c (P750), and pheophytin a prepared in organic media have been studied by small-angle neutron scattering to determine their shape, size, and mass per unit length. All of the micelles are hollow cylinders of well-defined size. The P740 and P750 cylinders are(More)
The visible absorption spectrum of bacteriochlorophyll a (Bchl) in the 560-620 nm (yellow) region can be used to establish the coordination state of the central Mg atom. Five-coordinated Mg species absorb near 580 nm, whereas 6-coordinated Mg species are red-shifted to about 610 nm. Five-coordination is confirmed to be the principal coordination state of Mg(More)