Ultrafast light harvesting dynamics in the cryptophyte phycocyanin 645

TitleUltrafast light harvesting dynamics in the cryptophyte phycocyanin 645
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsMirkovic, T, Doust AB, Kim J, Wilk KE, Curutchet C, Mennucci B, Cammi R, Curmi PMG, Scholes GD
JournalPhotochemical & Photobiological Sciences
Pagination964 - 975
Date Published2007
ISBN Number1474-905X
Keywordsab-initio, cryptomonad biliproteins, excitation-energy transfer, exciton migration, phycoerythrin 545, picosecond fluorescence, Protein, purple bacteria, refractive-index, time-resolved fluorescence
AbstractSteady-state and femtosecond time-resolved optical methods have been used to study spectroscopic features and energy transfer dynamics in the soluble antenna protein phycocyanin 645 (PC645), isolated from a unicellular cryptophyte Chroomonas CCMP270. Absorption, emission and polarization measurements as well as one-colour pump-probe traces are reported in combination with complementary quantum chemical calculations of electronic transitions of the bilins. Estimation of bilin spectral positions and energy transfer rates aids in the development of a model for light harvesting by PC645. At higher photon energies light is absorbed by the centrally located dimer (DBV, beta 50/beta 61) and the excitation is subsequently funneled through a complex interference of pathways to four peripheral pigments (MBV alpha 19, PCB beta 158). Those chromophores transfer the excitation energy to the red-most bilins (PCB beta 82). We suggest that the final resonance energy transfer step occurs between the PCB 82 bilins on a timescale estimated to be similar to 15 ps. Such a rapid final energy transfer step cannot be rationalized by calculations that combine experimental parameters and quantum chemical calculations, which predict the energy transfer time to be 40 ps.