Optical Spectra of Synechocystis and Spinach Photosystem II Preparations at 1.7 K: Identification of the D1-Pheophytin Energies and Stark Shifts

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We report and compare highly resolved, simultaneously recorded absorption and CD spectra of active Photosystem II (PSII) samples in the range 440-750 nm. From an appropriately scaled comparison of spinach membrane fragment (BBY) and PSII core spectra, we show that key features of the core spectrum are quantitatively represented in the BBY data. PSII from the cyanobacterium Synechocystis 6803 display spectral features in the Qy region of comparable width (50-70 cm-1 fwhm) to those seen in plant PSII but the energies of the resolved features are distinctly different. A comparison of spectra taken of PSII poised in the S1QA and S2QA- redox states reveals electrochromic shifts largely attributable to the influence of QA- on PheoD1. This allows accurate determinations of the PheoD1 Qy absorption positions to be at 685.0 nm for spinach cores, 685.8 nm for BBY particles, and 683.0 nm for Synechocystis. These are discussed in terms of earlier reports of the PheoD1 energies in PSII. The Qx transition of PheoD1 undergoes a blue shift upon QA reduction, and we place a lower limit of 80 cm-1 on this shift in plant material. By comparing the magnitude of the Stark shifts of the Qx and Qy bands of PheoD1, the directions of the transition-induced dipole moment changes, x and y, for this functionally important pigment could be determined, assuming normal magnitudes of the 's. Consequently, x and y are determined to be approximately orthogonal to the directions expected for these transitions. Low-fluence illumination experiments at 1.7 K resulted in very efficient formation of QA-. This was accompanied by cyt b559 oxidation in BBYs and carotenoid oxidation in cores. No chlorophyll oxidation was observed. Our data allow us to estimate the quantum efficiency of PSII at this temperature to be of the order 0.1-1. No Stark shift associated with the S1-to-S2 transition of the Mn cluster is evident in our samples. The similarity of Stark data in plants and Synechocystis points to minimal interactions of PheoD1 with nearby chloropyll pigments in active PSII preparations. This appears to be at variance with interpretations of experiments performed with inactive solubilized reaction-center preparations.


  • Sindra Peterson Årsköld
  • Vanessa M Masters
  • Barry J Prince
  • Paul J Smith
  • Ron J Pace
  • Elmars Krausz
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  • Biologiska vetenskaper
Sidor (från-till)13063-13074
TidskriftJournal of the American Chemical Society
StatusPublished - 2003
Peer review utfördJa