Conformational homogeneity in the Pr isomer of phytochrome Cph1

Daniel Turner

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Numerous time-resolved studies of the Pr to Pfr photoisomerization in phytochrome Cph1 have revealed multiphasic excited-state decay kinetics. It remains unclear whether these kinetics arise from multiple ground-state conformational subpopulations or from a single ground-state conformation that undergoes an excited-state photoisomerization process - either branching on the excited state or relaxing through multiple sequential intermediates. Many studies have attempted to resolve this debate by fitting the measured dynamics to proposed kinetic models, arriving at different conclusions. Here we probe spectral signatures of ground-state heterogeneity of Pr. Two-dimensional electronic spectra display negligible inhomogeneous line broadening, and vibrational coherence spectra extracted from transient absorption measurements do not contain nodes and phase shifts at the fluorescence maximum. These spectroscopic results support the homogeneous model, in which the primary photochemical transformation of Pr to Lumi-R occurs adiabatically on the excited-state potential energy surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2622-2630
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number12
StatePublished - Mar 30 2017


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