Identification of the carotenoid present in the B-800-850 antenna complex from Rhodopseudomonas capsulata as that which responds electrochromically to transmembrane electric fields.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Mild proteolysis of Rhodopseudomonas capsulata chromatophores results in a parallel loss of the 800 nm bacteriochlorophyll absorption band a blue shift in the carotenoid absorption bands associated with the B-800-850 light-harvesting complex. Both the light-induced and the salt-induced electrochromic carotenoid band shift disappear in parallel to the loss of the 800 nm bacteriochlorphyll absorption upon pronase treatment of chromatophores. During the time required for the loss of the 800 nm bacteriochlorophyll absorption and the loss of the electrochromic cartenoid band shift photochemistry is not inhibited and the ionic conductance of the membrane remains very low. We conclude that the carotenoid associated with the B-800-850 light-harvesting complex is the one that responds electrochromically to the transmembrane electric field. Analysis of the pigment content of Rps. capsulata chromatophores indicates that all of the carotenoid may be accounted for in the well defined pigment-protein complexes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Webster, GD; Cogdell, RJ; Lindsay, JG

Published Date

  • July 8, 1980

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 591 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 321 - 330

PubMed ID

  • 7397127

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0006-3002

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0005-2728(80)90163-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands