Scrambled self-assembly of bacteriochlorophylls c and e in aqueous triton X-100 micelles

Yoshitaka Saga, Tatsuya Saiki, Naoya Takahashi, Yutaka Shibata, Hitoshi Tamiaki

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Abstract

Bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) e was coassembled with BChl c in Triton X-100 micelles in aqueous solutions. The Qy absorption bands of the coaggregates were positioned between those of aggregates consisting solely of BChl c or e. The electronic absorption spectra of the coaggregates could not be reproduced by linear combinations of the spectra of the aggregates consisting solely of each pigment, but they were in line with the simulated spectra for the self-aggregates in which both BChls were randomly distributed. These suggest that BChls c and e are not spatially separated; they are homogenously distributed over the self-aggregates to give electronic spectra that are different from those of the aggregate consisting solely of each pigment. Deaggregation of the scrambled self-aggregates by excess Triton X-100 did not produce any spectral components assigned to an aggregate consisting solely of either BChl c or e. Acid-induced decomposition of the scrambled aggregates showed different kinetics from those of the aggregates consisting solely of each pigment. These also support the homogeneous distribution of BChls c and e in the scrambled self-aggregates. These results will be useful to investigate the major light-harvesting antenna systems of green photosynthetic bacteria that contain two kinds of chlorosomal BChls. Bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) e was coassembled with BChl c in Triton X-100 micelles in aqueous solutions. The spectral features and the decomposition behaviors of the scrambled self-aggregates suggest that BChls c and e are not spatially separated; they are homogenously distributed over the self-aggregates to give electronic spectra that are different from those of the aggregate consisting solely of each pigment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)552-559
Number of pages8
JournalPhotochemistry and Photobiology
Volume90
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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