Jun 20, 1994

The rates of proton uptake and electron transfer at the reducing side of photosystem II in thylakoids

FEBS Letters
M Haumann, W Junge


Proton and electron transfer at the reducing side of photosystem II of green plants was studied under flashing light, the former at improved time resolution by using Neutral red. The rates of electron transfer within QAFeQB were determined by pump-probe flashes through electrochromic transients. The extent of proton binding was about 1 H+/e-. The rates of proton transfer were proportional to the concentration of Neutral red (collisional transfer), whereas the rates of electron transfer out of QA- and from QAFeQB- to the cytochrome b6f complex were constant. The half-rise times of electron transfer (tau e) and the apparent times of proton binding (tau h) at 30 microM Neutral red were: QA- --> FeIIIQB (tau c < or = 100 microseconds, tau h = 230 microseconds); QA- --> FeIIQB (tau c = 150 microseconds, tau h = 760 microseconds); and QA- --> FeIIQB (tau c = 150 microseconds, tau h = 760 microseconds); and QA- --> FeIIQB (tau c = 620 microseconds, tau h = 310 microseconds).

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Photosynthetic Reaction Centers
Electron Transport
Neutral Red
Intracellular Membranes

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