High-field EPR study of carotenoid and chlorophyll cation radicals in photosystem II

K. V. Lakshmi, Michael J. Reifler, Gary W. Brudvig, Oleg G. Poluektov, Arlene M. Wagner, Marion C. Thurnauer

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In photosystem II (PS II), chlorophyll, β-carotene, and cytochrome 0559 are alternate electron donors that may be involved in a photoprotection mechanism. The present study describes the use of high-field EPR spectroscopy to characterize the low-temperature photooxidation of Chlz- and Car cofactors in PS II. The EPR signals of the individual species, previously not resolved at X-band frequency (9 GHz), are resolved at higher D-band frequency (130 GHz) in deuterated Synechococcus lividus PS II. Deuteration of PS II results in significant narrowing of the EPR lines, yielding well-resolved EPR spectra of the Car+ and Chlz+ radicals at 130 GHz. The g tensors of the individual species were determined by EPR spectral simulations. The g tensor determined for the Car+ radical (gxx = 2.00335, gyy = 2.00251, gzz = 2.00227) is similar to that previously observed for a canthaxanthin cation radical but with a slightly rhombic tensor. The Chlz+ g tensor (gxx= 2.00312, gyy = 2.00263, gzz = 2.00202) is similar to that of a chlorophyll a cation radical. This study shows that both the carotenoid and chlorophyll radicals are generated in PS II by illumination at temperatures from 6 to 190 K and that there is no interconversion of Car+ and Chlz+ radicals upon dark annealing at temperatures up to 160 K. This study also establishes the feasibility of using deuteration and high-field EPR to resolve previously unresolvable cofactor signals in PS II.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10447-10448
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number45
Publication statusPublished - Nov 16 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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