Journal of Biological Physics

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 273–289 | Cite as

Electronic pathway in reaction centers from Rhodobacter sphaeroides and Chloroflexus aurantiacus

  • Michal Pudlak
  • Richard Pincak
Original Paper


The reaction centers (RC) of Chloroflexus aurantiacus and Rhodobacter sphaeroides H(M182)L mutant were investigated. Prediction for electron transfer (ET) at very low temperatures was also performed. To describe the kinetics of the C. aurantiacus RCs, the incoherent model of electron transfer was used. It was shown that the asymmetry in electronic coupling parameters must be included to explain the experiments. For the description of R. sphaeroides H(M182)L mutant RCs, the coherent and incoherent models of electron transfer were used. These two models are discussed with regard to the observed electron transfer kinetics. It seems likely that the electron transfer asymmetry in R. sphaeroides RCs is caused mainly by the asymmetry in the free energy levels of L- and M-side cofactors. In the case of C. aurantiacus RCs, the unidirectionality of the charge separation can be caused mainly by the difference in the electronic coupling parameters in two branches.


Photosynthetic bacterial reaction centers Primary charge separation Electron transfer Asymmetry in electron transfer Quantum yields Photosynthesis Rate constants Charge-separating reactions Solar energy 



The work was supported by the Slovak Academy of Sciences under the CEX NANOFLUID and VEGA grant 2/7056/27.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Experimental PhysicsSlovak Academy of SciencesKosiceSlovak Republic
  2. 2.Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, BLTPDubnaRussia

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