Maria Krikunova

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Native and carotenoid-depleted peripheral purple bacterial light-harvesting complex (LH2) were investigated by simultaneous two-photon excited (between 1300-1500 nm) fluorescence (TPF). TPF results from direct bacteriochlorophyll excitation in both samples. The spectral position of the 2A(g)(-) state of rhodopin [corrected] is indicated by a diminuition of(More)
Peridinin-chlorophyll a-protein (PCP) is a unique antenna complex in dinoflagellates that employs peridinin (a carotenoid) as its main light-harvesting pigment. Strong excitonic interactions between peridinins, as well as between peridinins and chlorophylls (Chls) a, can be expected from the short intermolecular distances revealed by the crystal structure.(More)
Occurrence of excitonic interactions in light-harvesting complex II (LHC II) was investigated by nonlinear polarization spectroscopy in the frequency domain (NLPF) at room temperature. NLPF spectra were obtained upon probing in the chlorophyll (Chl) a/b Soret region and pumping in the Q(y) region. The lowest energy Chl a absorbing at 678 nm is strongly(More)
Aggregation of photosynthetic light-harvesting complexes strongly influences their spectroscopic properties. Fluorescence yield and excited state lifetimes of the main light-harvesting complex (LHC II) of higher plants strongly depend on its aggregation state. Detergents are commonly used to solubilize membrane proteins and/or to circumvent their(More)
The intracellular adaptor protein SH3P7 is the mammalian ortholog of yeast actin-binding protein 1 and thus alternatively named as mAbp1 (or HIP55). Structural properties, biochemical analysis of its interaction partners and siRNA studies implicated mAbp1 as an accessory protein in clathrin-mediated endocytosis (CME). Here, we describe the generation and(More)
The adaptor protein complex AP-1 mediates vesicular protein sorting between the trans Golgi network and endosomes. AP-1 recycles between membranes and the cytoplasm together with clathrin during transport vesicle formation and vesicle uncoating. AP-1 recycles independent of clathrin, indicating binding to unproductive membrane domains and premature(More)
Photosynthetically active pigments are usually organized into pigment-protein complexes. These include light-harvesting antenna complexes (LHCs) and reaction centers. Site energies of the bound pigments are determined by interactions with their environment, i.e., by pigment-protein as well as pigment-pigment interactions. Thus, resolution of spectral(More)
Photofragmentation dynamics of molecular iodine was studied as a response to the joint illumination with femtosecond 800 nm near-infrared and 13 nm extreme ultraviolet (XUV) pulses delivered by the free-electron laser facility FLASH. The interaction of the molecular target with two light pulses of different wavelengths but comparable pulse energy elucidates(More)
Electron emission as a result of the interaction of clusters with intense laser pulses is commonly understood in terms of direct and evaporative ionization processes. In contrast, we provide evidence here of an important role played by autoionization in intense field ionization of molecular oxygen clusters. Superexcited states are populated during the(More)
The ionization dynamics of He nanodroplets irradiated with intense femtosecond extreme ultraviolet pulses of up to 1013  W/cm2 power density have been investigated by photoelectron spectroscopy. Helium droplets were resonantly excited to atomiclike 2p states with a photon energy of 21.4 eV, below the ionization potential (Ip), and directly into the(More)