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Circularly polarized luminescence spectroscopy reveals low-energy excited states and dynamic localization of vibronic transitions in CP43

AuthorsHall, Jeremy; Renger, Thomas; Picorel Castaño, Rafael ; Krausz, Elmars
KeywordsPhotosystem II
Lowest Excited States
Circular Dichroism
Circularly Polarized Luminescence
Dynamic Localization
Issue DateJan-2016
CitationHall J, Renger T, Picorel R, Krausz E. Circularly polarized luminescence spectroscopy reveals low-energy excited states and dynamic localization of vibronic transitions in CP43. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics 1857 (1): 115–128 (2016)
AbstractCircularly polarized luminescence (CPL) spectroscopy is an established but relatively little-used technique that monitors the chirality of an emission. When applied to photosynthetic pigment assemblies, we find that CPL provides sensitive and detailed information on low-energy exciton states, reflecting the interactions, site energies and geometries of interacting pigments. CPL is the emission analog of circular dichroism (CD) and thus spectra explore the optical activity only of fluorescent states of the pigment-protein complex and consequently the nature of the lowest-energy excited states (trap states), whose study is a critical area of photosynthesis research. In this work, we develop the new approach of temperature-dependent CPL spectroscopy, over the 2–120 K temperature range, and apply it to the CP43 proximal antenna protein of photosystem II. Our results confirm strong excitonic interactions for at least one of the two well-established emitting states of CP43 named “A” and “B”. Previous structure-based models of CP43 spectra are evaluated in the light of the new CPL data. Our analysis supports the assignments of Shibata et al. [Shibata et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135 (2013) 6903–6914], particularly for the highly-delocalized B-state. This state dominates CPL spectra and is attributed predominantly to chlorophyll a's labeled Chl 634 and Chl 636 (alternatively labeled Chl 43 and 45 by Shibata et al.). The absence of any CPL intensity in intramolecular vibrational sidebands associated with the delocalized “B” excited state is attributed to the dynamic localization of intramolecular vibronic transitions.
Description38 Pags.- 12 Figs. The definitive version is available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00052728
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbabio.2015.09.012
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