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A simple electrostatic method for the calculation of optical transition energies of pigments in protein environments is presented and applied to the Fenna-Matthews-Olson (FMO) complex of Prosthecochloris aestuarii and Chlorobium tepidum. The method, for the first time, allows us to reach agreement between experimental optical spectra and calculations based(More)
A structure-based modeling and analysis of the primary photophysical reactions in photosystem II (PS-II) core complexes is presented. The modeling is based on a description of stationary and time-resolved optical spectra of the CP43, CP47, and D1-D2-cytb559 subunits and whole core complexes. It shows that the decay of excited states in PS-II core complexes(More)
Based on the structural analysis of photosystem II of Thermosynechococcus elongatus, a detailed calculation of optical properties of reaction-center (D1-D2) complexes is presented applying a theory developed previously. The calculations of absorption, linear dichroism, circular dichroism, fluorescence spectra, all at 6 K, and the temperature-dependence of(More)
The Fenna-Matthews-Olson (FMO) protein of green sulfur bacteria represents an important model protein for the study of elementary pigment-protein couplings. We have previously used a simple approach [Adolphs and Renger (2006) Biophys J 91:2778-2797] to study the shift in local transition energies (site energies) of the FMO protein of Prosthecochloris(More)
Absorbance difference spectra associated with the light-induced formation of functional states in photosystem II core complexes from Thermosynechococcus elongatus and Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 (e.g., P(+)Pheo(-),P(+)Q(A)(-),(3)P) are described quantitatively in the framework of exciton theory. In addition, effects are analyzed of site-directed mutations of(More)
In photosynthesis, light is captured by antenna proteins. These proteins transfer the excitation energy with almost 100% quantum efficiency to the reaction centers, where charge separation takes place. The time scale and pathways of this transfer are controlled by the protein scaffold, which holds the pigments at optimal geometry and tunes their excitation(More)
Time-local and time-nonlocal theories are used in combination with optical spectroscopy to characterize the water-soluble chlorophyll binding protein complex (WSCP) from cauliflower. The recombinant cauliflower WSCP complexes reconstituted with either chlorophyll b (Chl b) or Chl a/Chl b mixtures are characterized by absorption spectroscopy at 77 and 298 K(More)
Photosystem II (PSII) is a homodimeric protein-cofactor complex embedded in the thylakoid membrane that catalyses light-driven charge separation accompanied by the water splitting reaction during oxygenic photosynthesis. In the first part of this review, we describe the current state of the crystal structure at 3.0 A resolution of cyanobacterial PSII from(More)
The linear optical spectra (absorbance, linear dichroism, circular dichroism, fluorescence) of the CP43 (PsbC) antenna of the photosystem II core complex (PSIIcc) pertaining to the S0 → S1 (QY) transitions of the chlorophyll (Chl) a pigments are simulated by applying a combined quantum chemical/electrostatic method to obtain excitonic couplings and local(More)
The crystal structure of the class IIb water-soluble chlorophyll binding protein (WSCP) from Lepidium virginicum is used to model linear absorption and circular dichroism spectra as well as excited state decay times of class IIa WSCP from cauliflower reconstituted with chlorophyll (Chl) a and Chl b. The close agreement between theory and experiment suggests(More)