Low-temperature turnover control of photosystem II using novel metal- containing redox-active herbicides

Laba Karki, K. V. Lakshmi, Veronika A. Szalai, Gary W. Brudvig

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A novel approach of using metal-containing redox-active herbicides to prepare and study the light-induced intermediates of the photosystem II (PSII) photocycle is described. The redox-active herbicides feature an iron(III) ethylenediaminetetracetate [Fe(III)-(EDTA)] electron-acceptor group linked to a Q(B)-site binding dimethylphenylurea moiety by a hydrocarbon spacer. Like the nitroxyl-based redox-active herbicides previously described (Bocarslt, J. R.; Brudvig, G. W. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1992, 114, 9762-9767), metal-containing herbicides accept electrons from the donor side of PSII while bound to the Q(B) site and restrict the S-state cycling to two stable charge separations. The use of Fe(III)-(EDTA) as an electron acceptor allows turnover at low temperatures. EPR studies of PSII upon continuous illumination at 225 K with 0.7 mM of redox-active herbicide, Fe(III)-(EDTA) linked by an ethane spacer to a dimethylphenyl urea group (4), produced a stable two-step S1 to S3 advance of the O2-evolving complex (OEC) and a stoichiometric reduction of the Fe(III)-(EDTA) moiety of the herbicide, while a control sample with 0.02 mM DCMU [3-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethyl-urea] and 0.7 mM of 4 exhibited only a one-step S1 to S2 advance of the OEC without significant reduction of the Fe(III)-(EDTA) moiety of the herbicide. Similar EPR results were obtained for 7, Fe(III)-(EDTA) linked to the dimethylphenylurea group by a pentane spacer. O2-evolution inhibition studies show that appending the Fe(III)-(EDTA) moiety to the phenylurea herbicide causes a significant decrease in the binding affinity compared to that of DCMU. On the basis of O2-evolution studies with various herbicide derivatives and different PSII sample types, the observed decrease in binding affinities is attributed to the degree of accessibility of the Q(B)-binding pocket to the herbicides and to electrostatic and hydrophilicity factors. The present study describes the use of hovel metal-containing herbicides in studying long-range electron transfer in PSII and in trapping photogenerated two-electron oxidized intermediate states of the O2-evolving complex.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5180-5188
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - May 31 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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