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FEBS Lett. 2003 Jan 30;535(1-3):159-65.

Mössbauer studies of the non-heme iron and cytochrome b559 in a Chlamydomonas reinhardtii PSI- mutant and their interactions with alpha-tocopherol quinone.

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  • 1Institute of Nuclear Physics, ul. Radzikowskiego 152, 31-342 Cracow, Poland.


Spin and valence states of the non-heme iron and the heme iron of cytochrome b559, as well as their interactions with alpha-tocopherol quinone (alpha-TQ) in photosystem II (PSII) thylakoid membranes prepared from the Chlamydomonas reinhardtii PSI- mutant have been studied using Mössbauer spectroscopy. Both of the iron atoms are in low spin ferrous states. The Debye temperature of the non-heme is 194 K and of the heme iron is 182 K. The treatment of alpha-TQ does not change the spin and the valence states of the non-heme iron but enhances the covalence of its bonds. alpha-TQ oxidizes the heme iron into the high spin Fe3+ state. A possible role of the non-heme iron and alpha-TQ in electron flow through the PSII is discussed.

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