PMID: 41599Oct 1, 1979

Shifts of the bacteriochlorophyll absorption band at 880 nm in chromatophores and subchromatophore pigment-protein complexes from Rhodospirillum rubrum

E L Barskiĭ, V D Samuilov


The redox potential dependency of the light-induced absorption changes of bacteriochlorophyll in the chromatophores and subchromatophore particles from Rhodospirillum rubrum has been studied. The highest values of the absorption changes due to the bleaching of P870 and the blue shift of P800 are observed within the redox potential range of 360--410. At the potential values below 300 mV the 880 nm band of bacteriochlorophyll shifts to shorter wavelengths in the subchromatophore particles and to longer wavelengths in the chromatophores. Redox titration revealed that the red and blue shifts of 880 nm bacteriochlorophyll band are caused by the functioning of a non-identified component (X) which has an oxidation -- reduction midpoint potential close to 340 mV (n = 1) within the pH range of 6,0--7,6. The Em for this component decreases by 60 mV/pH unit within the pH range of 7.6--9,2. The results obtained suggest that the red shift is due to the transmembrane, while the blue shift -- to the local intramembrane electric field. The generation of both the transmembrane and local intramembrane electric fields apparently depends on redox transitions of the component X.

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