Chromophore structural changes in rhodopsin from nanoseconds to microseconds following pigment photolysis.


Rhodopsin is a prototypical G protein-coupled receptor that is activated by photoisomerization of its 11-cis-retinal chromophore. Mutant forms of rhodopsin were prepared in which the carboxylic acid counterion was moved relative to the positively charged chromophore Schiff base. Nanosecond time-resolved laser photolysis measurements of wild-type recombinant… (More)


6 Figures and Tables