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Title: Switching sides—Reengineered primary charge separation in the bacterial photosynthetic reaction center

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We report 90% yield of electron transfer (ET) from the singlet excited state P* of the primary electron-donor P (a bacteriochlorophyll dimer) to the B-side bacteriopheophytin (H B ) in the bacterial photosynthetic reaction center (RC). Starting from a platform Rhodobacter sphaeroides RC bearing several amino acid changes, an Arg in place of the native Leu at L185—positioned over one face of H B and only ∼4 Å from the 4 central nitrogens of the H B macrocycle—is the key additional mutation providing 90% yield of P + H B . This all but matches the near-unity yield of A-side P + H A charge separation in the native RC. The 90% yield of ET to H B derives from (minimally) 3 P* populations with distinct means of P* decay. In an ∼40% population, P* decays in ∼4 ps via a 2-step process involving a short-lived P + B B intermediate, analogous to initial charge separation on the A side of wild-type RCs. In an ∼50% population, P* → P + H B conversion takes place in ∼20 ps by a superexchange mechanism mediated by B B . An ∼10% population of P* decays in ∼150more » ps largely by internal conversion. These results address the long-standing dichotomy of A- versus B-side initial charge separation in native RCs and have implications for the mechanism(s) and timescale of initial ET that are required to achieve a near-quantitative yield of unidirectional charge separation.« less

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Journal Name: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Journal Volume: 117 Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 0027-8424
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Laible, Philip D., Hanson, Deborah K., Buhrmaster, James C., Tira, Gregory A., Faries, Kaitlyn M., Holten, Dewey, and Kirmaier, Christine. Switching sides—Reengineered primary charge separation in the bacterial photosynthetic reaction center. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1073/pnas.1916119117.
Laible, Philip D., Hanson, Deborah K., Buhrmaster, James C., Tira, Gregory A., Faries, Kaitlyn M., Holten, Dewey, & Kirmaier, Christine. Switching sides—Reengineered primary charge separation in the bacterial photosynthetic reaction center. United States. doi:10.1073/pnas.1916119117.
Laible, Philip D., Hanson, Deborah K., Buhrmaster, James C., Tira, Gregory A., Faries, Kaitlyn M., Holten, Dewey, and Kirmaier, Christine. Tue . "Switching sides—Reengineered primary charge separation in the bacterial photosynthetic reaction center". United States. doi:10.1073/pnas.1916119117.
@article{osti_1580676,
title = {Switching sides—Reengineered primary charge separation in the bacterial photosynthetic reaction center},
author = {Laible, Philip D. and Hanson, Deborah K. and Buhrmaster, James C. and Tira, Gregory A. and Faries, Kaitlyn M. and Holten, Dewey and Kirmaier, Christine},
abstractNote = {We report 90% yield of electron transfer (ET) from the singlet excited state P* of the primary electron-donor P (a bacteriochlorophyll dimer) to the B-side bacteriopheophytin (H B ) in the bacterial photosynthetic reaction center (RC). Starting from a platform Rhodobacter sphaeroides RC bearing several amino acid changes, an Arg in place of the native Leu at L185—positioned over one face of H B and only ∼4 Å from the 4 central nitrogens of the H B macrocycle—is the key additional mutation providing 90% yield of P + H B − . This all but matches the near-unity yield of A-side P + H A − charge separation in the native RC. The 90% yield of ET to H B derives from (minimally) 3 P* populations with distinct means of P* decay. In an ∼40% population, P* decays in ∼4 ps via a 2-step process involving a short-lived P + B B − intermediate, analogous to initial charge separation on the A side of wild-type RCs. In an ∼50% population, P* → P + H B − conversion takes place in ∼20 ps by a superexchange mechanism mediated by B B . An ∼10% population of P* decays in ∼150 ps largely by internal conversion. These results address the long-standing dichotomy of A- versus B-side initial charge separation in native RCs and have implications for the mechanism(s) and timescale of initial ET that are required to achieve a near-quantitative yield of unidirectional charge separation.},
doi = {10.1073/pnas.1916119117},
journal = {Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
number = 2,
volume = 117,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {12}
}

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