The Native Reaction Centre of Photosystem II: A New Paradigm for P680

Joseph L. Hughes, Barry J. Prince, Sindra Peterson Årsk�ld, Paul J. Smith, Ron J. Pace, Hans Riesen, Elmars Krausz
2004 Australian journal of chemistry (Print)  
Low-temperature spectra of fully active (oxygen-evolving) Photosystem II (PSII) cores prepared from spinach exhibit well developed structure. Spectra of isolated sub-fragments of PSII cores establish that the native reaction centre is better structured and red-shifted compared to the isolated reaction centre. Laser illumination of PSII cores leads to efficient and deep spectral hole-burning. Measurements of homogeneous hole-widths establish excitedstate lifetimes in the 40-300 ps range. The
more » ... hole-burning efficiency is attributed to charge separation of P680 in native PSII that follows reaction-centre excitation via 'slow transfer' states in the inner light-harvesting assemblies CP43 and CP47. The 'slow transfer' state in CP47 and that in CP43 can be distinguished in the hole-burning action spectrum and high-resolution hole-burning spectra. An important observation is that 685-700 nm illumination gives rise to efficient P680 charge separation, as established by Q − A formation. This leads to a new paradigm for P680. The charge-separating state has surprisingly weak absorption and extends to 700 nm.
doi:10.1071/ch04140 fatcat:2kuye325xfegpefninvexud3te