Frank Müh, J. Rautter, W. Lubitz,
"Effects of zwitterionic detergents on the primary donor of bacterial reaction centers"
, in WILEY-V C H VERLAG GMBH, in Berichte der Bunsengesellschaft für Physikalische Chemie, Vol. 100, Nummer 12, 12-1996, ISSN: 0005-9021
Effects of zwitterionic detergents on the primary donor of bacterial reaction centers
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The effects of zwitterionic detergents on the spectroscopic properties of the primary electron donor P of photosynthetic reaction centers (RCs) from the purple nonsulfur bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides are investigated. When RCs are solubilized with N-(n-alkyl)-N,N-dimethyl-3-ammonio-1-propanesulfonates (sulfobetaines) the maximum of the characteristic near-infrared absorption of P, lambda(max), is shifted to lower wavelengths at room temperature as compared with nonionic detergents. While the range of the blueshift (lambda(max) = 850-862 nm) is identical for different sulfobetaines, the dependence of the shift on the detergent/RC ratio varies systematically with the number of carbon atoms in the n-alkyl-chain. N-lauryl-N,N-dimethyl-amine-N-oxide (LDAO), a zwitterionic detergent with a less polar head group, is only able to induce blueshifts of lambda(max) down to 859 nm at much higher detergent/RC ratios. ENDOR experiments performed on the primary donor radical cation P-+. reveal that two distinct states of P exist in such samples. Thus the optical bandshifts are caused by transitions between two spectroscopic species, called P-866 and P-850. We interpret the detergent effect as an electrostatic influence of the detergent head groups on the equilibrium between two protein conformations which in turn affect the structure of the primary donor.
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Berichte der Bunsengesellschaft für Physikalische Chemie