Primary charge separation between P* and BA: Electron-transfer pathways in native and mutant GM203L bacterial reaction centers

AG Yakovlev, MR Jones*, JA Potter, PK Fyfe, LG Vasilieva, AY Shkuropatov, VA Shuvalov

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Abstract

Coherent components in the dynamics of decay of stimulated emission from the primary electron donor excited state P*, and of population of the product charge-separated states P+BA- and P+HA-, were studied in GM203L mutant reaction centers (RCs) of Rhodobacter (Rb.) sphaeroides by measuring oscillations in the kinetics of absorbance changes at 940 nm (P* stimulated emission region), 1020 nm (BA absorption region) and 760 nm (HA bleaching region). Absorbance changes were induced by excitation of P (870 nm) with 18 fs pulses at 90 K. In the GM203L mutant, replacement of Gly M203 by Leu results in exclusion of the crystallographically defined water molecule (HOH55) located close to the oxygen of the 13(1)-keto carbonyl group of B-A and to His M202, which provides the axial ligand to the Mg of the P-B bacteriochlorophyll. The results of femtosecond measurements were compared with those obtained with Rb. sphaeroides R-26 RCs containing an intact water HOH55. The main consequences of the GM203L mutation were found to be as follows: (i) a low-frequency oscillation at 32 cm(-1), which is characteristic of the HOH55-containing RCs, disappears from the kinetics of absorbance changes at 1020 and 760 nm in the mutant RC; (ii) electron transfer from P* to B-A in the wild type RC was characterized by two time constants of 1.1 ps (80%) and 4.3 ps (20%), but in the GM203L mutant was characterized by a single time constant of 4.3 ps, demonstrating a slowing of primary charge separation. The previously postulated rotation of water HOH55 with a fundamental frequency of 32 cm(-1), triggered by electron transfer from P* to BA, was confirmed by observation of an isotopic shift of the 32 cm(-1) oscillation in the kinetics of P+BA- population in deuterated, pheophytin-modified RCs of Rb. sphaeroides R-26, by a factor of 1.6. These data are discussed in terms of the influence of water HOH55 on the energetics of the P* -> P+BA- reaction, and protein dynamic events that occur on the time scale of this reaction. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-307
Number of pages11
JournalChemical Physics
Volume319
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2005

Keywords

  • protein dynamics
  • electron transfer
  • reaction center
  • nuclear coherence
  • water
  • bacteriochlorophyll
  • PHOTOSYNTHETIC REACTION CENTERS
  • NUCLEAR WAVEPACKET MOTION
  • RESONANCE RAMAN-SPECTROSCOPY
  • SPHAEROIDES REACTION CENTERS
  • BACTERIOCHLOROPHYLL ANION BAND
  • P+BA-POTENTIAL SURFACES
  • RHODOBACTER-SPHAEROIDES
  • RHODOPSEUDOMONAS-VIRIDIS
  • ACCESSORY BACTERIOCHLOROPHYLL
  • CHLOROFLEXUS-AURANTIACUS

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