The tetranuclear manganese cluster in photosystem II: Location and magnetic properties of the S2 state as determined by saturation-recovery EPR spectroscopy

D. Koulougliotis, R. H. Schweitzer, Gary W Brudvig

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The spin-lattice relaxation enhancement of the dark-stable tyrosine radical. Y(D)·, by the S2 state of the O2-evolving complex (OEC) of photosystem II (PSII) has been measured by using saturation-recovery EPR spectroscopy. Two forms of the S2 state have been compared: the multiline EPR signal species in untreated PSII and the altered multiline EPR signal species in NH3-treated PSII. Previous work has shown that the non-single- exponential spin-lattice relaxation kinetics of Y(D)· in S2-state PSII result from a dipole-dipole interaction with the Mn4 cluster of the OEC. By taking into account the temperature variation of the effective magnetic moment of the S2-state multiline EPR signal form of the OEC, we provide a quantitative analysis of its temperature-dependent enhancement of the spin- lattice relaxation of Y(D)·. Different spin states of the Mn4 cluster in the S2 state are responsible for the effect at different temperature regimes: for T ≤ 10 K, it is the ground spin state (S = 1/4 ); for T ≤ 30 K, it is the first excited spin state; and at intermediate temperatures, the contributions of the two spin states are comparable. The relaxation enhancement of Y(D)· is equivalent for both forms of the S2-state multiline EPR signal examined, indicating that the magnetic properties of the Mn4 cluster are very similar in the S2 state for both untreated and NH3- treated PSII. EPR progressive microwave-power saturation has also been used to assess the spin-lattice relaxation properties of the Mn4 cluster giving the altered S2-state multiline EPR signal in the NH3 derivative of PSII. The Orbach mechanism is shown to provide the dominant relaxation pathway; the energy difference between the ground and first excited spin states is estimated to be 30 ± 2 cm-1, which is very similar to the value found for the S2-state multiline EPR signal species in untreated PSII. Below 4 K, the effectiveness of the S2-state multiline EPR signal species as a spin relaxation enhancer of Y(D)· drops dramatically. This is interpreted to occur because of temperature-dependent 55Mn nuclear spin-lattice relaxation which causes averaging of the effective Larmor frequency of the S2-state multiline EPR signal species during the time scale for spin-lattice relaxation of Y(D)·; because the line shape of the S2-state multiline EPR signal is dominated by isotropic 55Mn nuclear hyperfine splittings, such nuclear relaxation processes allow frequencies in near resonance with that of Y(D)· to be accessed, thereby producing a greater relaxation enhancement. By using a dipolar model that includes the line shapes of both the Y(D)· and S2-state multiline EPR signals, the spin-lattice relaxation enhancement of Y(D)· is analyzed to obtain a lower limit of 22 Å for the distance between Y(D)· and the OEC. Together with recent studies showing a close proximity of the Mn4 cluster to Y(Z)·, these results provide further support for an asymmetric location of the Mn4 cluster with respect to the two redox-active tyrosines in PSII.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9735-9746
Number of pages12
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - 1997


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  • Biochemistry

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