E. Nabedryk, C. Schulz, Frank Müh, W. Lubitz, J. Breton,
"Heterodimeric versus homodimeric structure of the primary electron donor in Rhodobacter sphaeroides reaction centers genetically modified at position M202"
, in Amer Chemical Soc., in Photochemistry and Photobiology, Vol. 71, Nummer 5, 5-2000, ISSN: 0031-8655
Heterodimeric versus homodimeric structure of the primary electron donor in Rhodobacter sphaeroides reaction centers genetically modified at position M202
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Using light-induced Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) difference spectroscopy of the photo-oxidation of the primary donor (P) in chromatophores from Rhodobacter sphaeroides, we examined a series of site-directed mutants with His M202 changed to Gly, Ser, Cys, Asn or Glu in order to assess the ability of these side chains to ligate the Mg atom of one of the two bacteriochlorophylls (BChl) constituting P. In the P(+)Q(A)(-)/PQ(A) FTIR difference spectra of the mutants HG(M202), HS(M202), HC(M202) and HN(M202), the presence of a specific electronic transition at similar to 2650-2750 cm(-1) as well as of associated vibrational (phase-phonon) bands at similar to 1560, 1480 and 1290 cm-L demonstrate that these mutants contain a BChI/ BChI homodimer like that in native reaction centers with the charge on pf shared between the two coupled BChl, In contrast, the absence of all of these bands in HE(M202) shows that this mutant contains a BChl/bacteriopheophytin heterodimer with the charge localized on the single BChl, as previously determined for the mutant HL(M202). Furthermore, the spectra of the heterodimers HE(M202) and HL(M202) are very similar in the 4000-1200 cm(-1) IR range. Perturbations of the 10a-ester and 9-keto carbonyl modes for both the P and P+ states are observed in the homodimer mutants reflecting slight variations in the conformation and/or in position of P. These perturbations are likely to be due to a repositioning of the dimer in the new protein cavity generated by the mutation.