The multiexponential fluorescence decay of the CP29 complex in which the apoprotein and pigments were reconstituted in vitro was examined. Of the three decay components observed only the two dominant ones, with about 3 and 5 ns lifetimes, were studied. The main question addressed was whether the multicomponent decay was associated with sample optical heterogeneity. To this end, we examined the optical absorption and fluorescence of the CP29 sample by means of two different and independent experimental strategies. This approach was used as the wavelength positions of the absorption/fluorescence spectral forms has recently been shown to be a sensitive indicator of the binding site-induced porphyrin ring deformation (Zucchelli et al. Biophys J 93:2240-2254, 2007) and hence of apoprotein conformational changes. The data indicate that this CP29 sample is optically homogeneous. It is hypothesised that the different lifetimes are explained in terms of multiple detergent/CP29 interactions leading to different quenching states, a suggestion that allows for optical homogeneity.
|Titolo:||Reconstituted CP29 : multicomponent fluorescence decay from an optically homogeneous sample|
|Parole Chiave:||Antenna complexes; CP29; Multicomponent fluorescence decay; Optical homogeneity; Quenched/unquenched conformers|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/04 - Fisiologia Vegetale|
|Data di pubblicazione:||mar-2012|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1007/s11120-011-9696-3|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|