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Title: Unveiling the mechanism of photoinduced isomerization of the photoactive yellow protein (PYP) chromophore

A detailed theoretical analysis, based on extensive ab initio second-order approximate coupled cluster calculations, has been performed for the S{sub 1} potential energy surface (PES) of four photoactive yellow protein (PYP) chromophore derivatives that are hydrogen bonded with two water molecules and differ merely in the carbonyl substituent. The main focus is put on contrasting the isomerization properties of these four species in the S{sub 1} excited state, related to torsion around the chromophore's single and double carbon-carbon bonds. The analysis provides evidence of the different isomerization behavior of these four chromophore complexes, which relates to the difference in their carbonyl substituents. While a stable double-bond torsion pathway exists on the S{sub 1} PES of the chromophores bearing the –O–CH{sub 3} and –NH{sub 2} substituents, this is not the case for the –S–CH{sub 3} and –CH{sub 3} substituted species. The presence of the –S–CH{sub 3} group leads to a strong instability of the chromophore with respect to the single-bond twist, whereas in the case of the –CH{sub 3} substituent a crossing of the S{sub 1} and S{sub 2} PESs occurs, which perturbs the pathway. Based on this analysis, the key factors that support the double-bond torsion have been identified. Thesemore » are (i) the hydrogen bonds at the phenolic oxygen of the chromophore, (ii) the weak electron-acceptor character of the carbonyl group, and (iii) the ethylene-like pattern of the torsion in the beginning of the process. Our results suggest that the interplay between these factors determines the chromophore's isomerization in the solvent environment and in the native PYP environment.« less
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Theoretische Chemie, Physikalisch-Chemisches Institut, Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22413300
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 141; Journal Issue: 22; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; APPROXIMATIONS; CARBON; CARBONYLS; ELECTRONS; ETHYLENE; EXCITED STATES; HYDROGEN; INSTABILITY; ISOMERIZATION; MOLECULES; OXYGEN; PHENOLS; PROTEINS; SOLVENTS; TORSION