Red antenna states of photosystem i from cyanobacteria Synechocystis PCC 6803 and Thermosynechococcus elongatus: Single-complex spectroscopy and spectral hole-burning study

Kerry J. Riley, Tõnu Reinot, Ryszard Jankowiak, Petra Fromme, Valter Zazubovich

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Hole-burning and single photosynthetic complex spectroscopy were used to study the excitonic structure and excitation energy-transfer processes of cyanobacterial trimeric Photosystem I (PS I) complexes from Synechocystis PCC 6803 and Thermosynechococcus elongatus at low temperatures. It was shown that individual PS I complexes of Synechocystis PCC 6803 (which have two red antenna states, i.e., C706 and C714) reveal only a broad structureless fluorescence band with a maximum near 720 nm, indicating strong electron-phonon coupling for the lowest energy C714 red state. The absence of zero-phonon lines (ZPLs) belonging to the C706 red state in the emission spectra of individual PS I complexes from Synechocystis PCC 6803 suggests that the C706 and C714 red antenna states of Synechocystis PCC 6803 are connected by efficient energy transfer with a characteristic transfer time of ∼5 ps. This finding is in agreement with spectral hole-burning data obtained for bulk samples of Synechocystis PCC 6803. The importance of comparing the results of ensemble (spectral hole burning) and single-complex measurements was demonstrated. The presence of narrow ZPLs near 710 nm in addition to the broad fluorescence band at ∼730 nm in Thermosynechococcus elongatus (Jelezko et al. J. Phys. Chem. B 2000, 104, 8093-8096) has been confirmed. We also demonstrate that high-quality samples obtained by dissolving crystals of PS I of Thermosynechococcus elongatus exhibit stronger absorption in the red antenna region than any samples studied so far by us and other groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-292
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 11 2007


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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