How proteins trigger excitation energy transfer in the FMO complex of green sulfur bacteria.

  title={How proteins trigger excitation energy transfer in the FMO complex of green sulfur bacteria.},
  author={Julia Adolphs and Thomas Renger},
  journal={Biophysical journal},
  volume={91 8},
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 on transition energies of pigments that are calculated in large part independently, rather than fitted to the spectra. In this way it… CONTINUE READING
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