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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1994 Jul 29;1186(3):153-62.

Spectroscopic studies of phycobilisome subcore preparations lacking key core chromophores: assignment of excited state energies to the Lcm, beta 18 and alpha AP-B chromophores.

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Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley 94720.


Chromophore absorption and emission characteristics of the alpha AP-B, beta 18 and Lcm (large core-membrane linker) chromopeptides within the phycobilisome core are investigated using genetically engineered strains of Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002. Steady-state and time-resolved emission were used to examine energy transfer in subcore preparations from the wild-type organism and two mutants. Low-temperature (77 K) emission spectra were also measured for intact phycobilisomes from the wild-type and five mutant strains. Mutants retaining either the alpha AP-B subunit or the unaltered Lcm chromophore resulted in only small changes in the low-temperature emission spectra, while retention of only the beta 18 subunit resulted in blue-shifted emission spectra. The Lcm chromophore has a room-temperature absorption maximum at 675 nm. In phycobilisomes at 77 K the alpha AP-B and Lcm chromophores emit at 682-683 nm, and they are the best candidates for long-wavelength emitters also at room temperature. Overlap of these emission spectra with the absorption of chlorophyll a in the associated thylakoid membrane plays a significant role in excitation transfer from the antenna complexes in cyanobacteria.

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