Thomas Renger, M. E. Madjet, A. Knorr, Frank Müh,
"How the molecular structure determines the flow of excitation energy in plant light-havesting complex II"
, in J. Plant Physiol., Vol. 12, Seite(n) 1497-1509, 8-2011
How the molecular structure determines the flow of excitation energy in plant light-havesting complex II
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Excitation energy transfer in the light-harvesting complex II of higher plants is modeled using excitonic couplings and local transition energies determined from structure-based calculations recently (Muh et al., 2010). A theory is introduced that implicitly takes into account protein induced dynamic localization effects of the exciton wavefunction between weakly coupled optical and vibronic transitions of different pigments. Linear and non-linear optical spectra are calculated and compared with experimental data reaching qualitative agreement. High-frequency intramolecular vibrational degrees of freedom are found important for ultrafast subpicosecond excitation energy transfer between chlorophyll (Chl) b and Chla, since they allow for fast dissipation of the excess energy. The slower ps component of this transfer is due to the monomeric excited state of Chlb 605. The majority of exciton relaxation in the Chla spectral region is characterized by slow ps exciton equilibration between the Chla domains within one layer and between the lumenal and stromal layers in the 10-20 ps time range. Subpicosecond exciton relaxation in the Chla region is only found within the terminal emitter domain (Chls a 610/611/612) and within the Chla 613/614 dimer. Deviations between measured and calculated exciton state life times are obtained for the intermediate spectral region between the main absorbance bands of Chla and Chlb that indicate that besides Chlb 608 another pigment should absorb there. Possible candidates, so far not identified by structure-based calculations, but by fitting of optical spectra and mutagenesis studies, are discussed. Additional mutagenesis studies are suggested to resolve this issue. (C) 2011 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.