The bacterial reaction center (RC) has become a reference model in the study of the diverse interactions of quinones with electron transfer complexes. In these studies, the RC functionality was probed through flash-induced absorption changes where the state of the primary donor is probed by means of a continuous measuring beam and the electron transfer is triggered by a short intense light pulse. The single-beam set-up implies the use as reference of the transmittance measured before the light pulse. Implicit in the analysis of these data is the assumption that the measuring beam does not elicit the protein photochemistry. At variance, measuring beam is actinic in nature at almost all the suitable wavelengths. In this contribution, the analytical modelling of the time evolution of neutral and chargeseparated RCs has been performed. The ability of measuring light to elicit RC photochemistry induces a first order growth of the charge-separated state up to a steady state that depends on the light intensity and on the occupation of the secondary quinone (QB) site. Then the laser

Effects of the measuring light on the photochemistry of the bacterial photosynthetic Reaction Centre from Rhodobacter sphaeroides

COLAFEMMINA, Giuseppe;PALAZZO, Gerardo
2011

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The bacterial reaction center (RC) has become a reference model in the study of the diverse interactions of quinones with electron transfer complexes. In these studies, the RC functionality was probed through flash-induced absorption changes where the state of the primary donor is probed by means of a continuous measuring beam and the electron transfer is triggered by a short intense light pulse. The single-beam set-up implies the use as reference of the transmittance measured before the light pulse. Implicit in the analysis of these data is the assumption that the measuring beam does not elicit the protein photochemistry. At variance, measuring beam is actinic in nature at almost all the suitable wavelengths. In this contribution, the analytical modelling of the time evolution of neutral and chargeseparated RCs has been performed. The ability of measuring light to elicit RC photochemistry induces a first order growth of the charge-separated state up to a steady state that depends on the light intensity and on the occupation of the secondary quinone (QB) site. Then the laser
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