Excitation dynamics in strongly bounded associates of B800–850 and B800–830 complexes from photosynthetic purple bacterium Thiorhodospira sibirica

Biochemistry (Moscow) Supplement Series A Membrane and Cell Biology 12/2007; 1(4):336-342. DOI: 10.1134/S1990747807040101

ABSTRACT Strongly bounded associates of B800–850 (LH2) and B800–830 (LH3) complexes from photosynthetic purple bacterium Thiorhodospira sibirica were investigated. It was shown that associates contain 8–10 complexes (LH2:LH3 ≈ 1:1). Absorption spectra of the monomer
LH2 and the monomer LH3 complexes were calculated. Excitation of B800 absorption band of associates results in: (i) intracomplex
excitation energy transfer from B800 to B830 or B850 with time constant of about 500 fs; (ii) intercomplex excitation energy
transfer from B820 band of LH3 complex to B850 band of LH2 complex with time constant of about 2.5 ps; (iii) excitation deactivation
in B850 band of LH2 complex with time constant of about 800 ps. Signal polarization at long-wavelength side of associates
absorption spectrum near 900 nm was negative (−0.1). The interaction of LH3 and LH2 complexes in associates is, to some extent,
analogous to the interaction of LH2 and LH1 complexes in chromatophores. Time constant of excitation energy transfer between
LH3 and LH2 complexes in associates may be regarded as a minimal time constant for energy transfer between the peripheral
and core antenna complexes.

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