Mehdi Najafi

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We employed nonphotochemical hole burning (NPHB) and fluorescence line narrowing (FLN) spectroscopies to explore protein energy landscapes and energy transfer processes in dimeric Cytochrome b6f, containing one chlorophyll molecule per protein monomer. The parameters of the energy landscape barrier distributions quantitatively agree with those reported for(More)
Chlorophyll-protein complexes are ideal model systems for protein energy landscape research. Here pigments, used in optical spectroscopy experiments as sensitive probes to local dynamics, are built into protein by Nature (in a large variety of local environments; without extraneous chemical manipulations or genetic engineering). Distributions of the(More)
We are reporting development and initial applications of the light-induced and thermally induced spectral diffusion modeling software, covering nonphotochemical spectral hole burning (NPHB), hole recovery, and single-molecule spectroscopy and involving random generation of the multiwell protein energy landscapes. The model includes tunneling and activated(More)
The parameters of barrier distributions on the protein energy landscape in the excited electronic state of the pigment/protein system have been determined by means of spectral hole burning for the lowest-energy pigments of CP43 core antenna complex and CP29 minor antenna complex of spinach Photosystem II (PS II) as well as of trimeric and monomeric LHCII(More)
We explored the rich satellite hole structures emerging as a result of spectral hole burning in cyanobacterial photosystem I (PSI) and demonstrated that hole burning properties of PSI, particularly at high resolution, are strongly affected by the oxidation state of the primary donor P700, as P700(+) effectively quenches the excitations of the lowest-energy(More)
BACKGROUND Nosocomial influenza poses a serious risk among residents of long-term care facilities (LTCFs). OBJECTIVE We sought to evaluate the effect of resident and staff movements and contact patterns on the outcomes of various intervention strategies for influenza control in an LTCF. METHODS We collected contact frequency data in Canada's largest(More)
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