Enhancement of carotenoid-to-chlorophyll singlet energy transfer by carotenoid-carotenoid interaction.


The apparent quantum yield of singlet-singlet spirilloxanthin-to-bacteriochlorophyll a energy transfer increases linearly with the residual spirilloxanthin content in Rhodospirillum rubrum membrane vesicles from which this carotenoid has been partially removed. Since it has been previously shown that carotenoid-carotenoid interaction is a linear function of the residual spirilloxanthin level in the major pigment-protein complex of those vesicles (Zurdo, J., R. M. Lozano, C. Fernandez-Cabrera, and J. M. Ramirez. 1991. Biochem. J. 274:881-884), it appears that such degenerate interaction enhances singlet energy transfer. Part of the enhancement may be explained if the energy donor is the spirilloxanthin 1Bu----1Ag (S2----S0) transition, because exciton coupling probably brings its energy closer to that of the Qx (S2----S0) transition of bacteriochlorophyll. In contrast, it seems that the possible stabilization of the spirilloxanthin 2Ag (S1) state would hardly improve energy transfer, because this hidden state probably lies below the S1 bacteriochlorophyll state. In any case, the stabilizing effects of carotenoid-carotenoid interactions seem insufficient to explain the enhancement of energy transfer. Direct or indirect effects of carotenoid dimerization on the three-dimensional structure of the pigment cluster appear to be required to account for such enhancement.

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@article{Zurdo1992EnhancementOC, title={Enhancement of carotenoid-to-chlorophyll singlet energy transfer by carotenoid-carotenoid interaction.}, author={Jes{\'u}s Zurdo and Concepci{\'o}n Fern{\'a}ndez-Cabrera and Jan-Marino Ramirez}, journal={Biophysical journal}, year={1992}, volume={61 6}, pages={1462-9} }