A LINEAR DICHROISM STUDY OF THE ORIENTATION OF AROMATIC PROTEIN RESIDUES IN MAGNETICALLY ORIENTED BOVINE ROD OUTER SEGMENTS

Joseph F. Becker, Florence Trentacosti, Nicholas E. Geacintov

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Abstract

Abstract— Linear dichroism measurements using magnetic field oriented bovine visual rod outer segments have been made in the UV and visible spectral regions. The results indicate that the planes of the aromatic amino acid residues of rhodopsin tend to be oriented normal to the membrane plane both before and after bleaching. In contrast, the retinal chromophore which tends to be oriented with its absorption oscillator parallel to the membrane plane before bleaching is randomly oriented about 10min after bleaching whereas the membranes remain oriented. Estimates of the anisotropy in the diamagnetic susceptibility of rhodopsin aromatic residues indicate that the anisotropic magnetic properties of these protein residues are sufficient to account for the observed orientation of visual rod outer segments in a homogenous magnetic field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-54
Number of pages4
JournalPhotochemistry and photobiology
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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