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Issue 29, 2006
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Characterization of the water oxidizing complex of photosystem II of the Chl d-containing cyanobacterium Acaryochloris marina via its reactivity towards endogenous electron donors and acceptors

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Abstract

Acaroychloris (A.) marina is a unique oxygen evolving organism that contains a large amount of chlorophyll d (Chl d) and only very few Chl a molecules. This feature raises questions on the nature of the photoactive pigment, which supports light-induced oxidative water splitting in Photosystem II (PS II). In this study, flash-induced oxygen evolution patterns (FIOPs) were measured to address the question whether the Si state transition probabilities and/or the redox-potentials of the water oxidizing complex (WOC) in its different Si states are altered in A. marina cells compared to that of spinach thylakoids. The analysis of the obtained data within the framework of different versions of the Kok model reveals that in light activated A. marina cells the miss probability is similar compared to spinach thylakoids. This finding indicates that the redox-potentials and kinetics within the WOC, of the reaction center (P680) and of YZ are virtually the same for both organisms. This conclusion is strongly supported by lifetime measurements of the S2 and S3 states. Virtually identical time constants were obtained for the slow phase of deactivation. Kinetic differences in the fast phase of S2 and S3 decay between A. marina cells and spinach thylakoids reflect a shift of the Em of YD/YoxD to lower values in the former compared to the latter organisms, as revealed by the observation of an opposite change in the kinetics of S0 oxidation to S1 by YoxD. A slightly increased double hit probability in A. marina cells is indicative of a faster QA to QB electron transfer in these cells compared to spinach thylakoids.

Graphical abstract: Characterization of the water oxidizing complex of photosystem II of the Chl d-containing cyanobacterium Acaryochloris marina via its reactivity towards endogenous electron donors and acceptors

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The article was received on 27 Mar 2006, accepted on 02 Jun 2006 and first published on 20 Jun 2006


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B604389E
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2006,8, 3460-3466

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    Characterization of the water oxidizing complex of photosystem II of the Chl d-containing cyanobacterium Acaryochloris marina via its reactivity towards endogenous electron donors and acceptors

    D. Shevela, B. Nöring, H. Eckert, J. Messinger and G. Renger, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2006, 8, 3460
    DOI: 10.1039/B604389E

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