The ultrafast structural dynamics in the electronic excited state of photoactive yellow protein (PYP) is studied by femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy. Stimulated Raman spectra in the electronic excited state, S 1, can be obtained by using a Raman pump pulse in resonance with the S1-S0 transition. This is confirmed by comparing the experimental results with numerical calculations based on the density matrix treatment. We also investigate the hydrogen-bonding network surrounding the wild-type (WT)-PYP chromophore in the ground and excited states by comparing its stimulated Raman spectra with those of the E46Q-PYP mutant. We focus on the relative intensity of the Raman band at 1555 cm-1, which includes both vinyl bond Cî - C stretching and ring vibrations and is sensitive to the hydrogen-bonding network around the phenolic oxygen of the chromophore. The relative intensity for the WT-PYP decreases after actinic excitation within the 150 fs time resolution and reaches a similar intensity to that for E46Q-PYP. These observations indicate that the WT-PYP hydrogen-bonding network is immediately rearranged in the electronic excited state to form a structure similar to that of E46Q-PYP.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry