Reaction Centers of Purple Bacteria with Modified Chromophores

  • H. Scheer
  • D. Beese
  • R. Steiner
  • A. Angerhofer
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 149)


Reaction centers (RC*) of purple bacteria are generally composed of three subunits designated H(igh), M(edium) and L(ow) according to their apparent molecular weigths on SDS PAGE. Four molecules of bacteriochlorophyll (Bchl) are bound to it, together with two bacteriopheophytins (Bphe), two quinones (Q) and one non-heme iron. The crystal structure of RC from the BChl b-containing purple photosynthetic bacterium, Rp. viridis (Deisenhofer et al, 1984) and from the Bchl a-containing Rb. sphaeroides (Chang et al., 1986; Allen et al., 1987) shows a C2 — symmetry axis which divides the reaction center into two very similar sets of pigments interacting mainly with the L and M-subunits, respectively. The reaction center is asymmetric, however, in functional terms. The primary charge separation takes place most probably from the special pair situated on the symmetry axis, via BpheL and QA situated on the L-(or ‘active’) branch of the complex, to QB on the M or ‘inactive’ branch (Deisenhofer et al., 1984; Vermeglio and Paillotin, 1982; Zinth et al., 1985).


Reaction Center DEAE Cellulose Photosynthetic Bacterium Purple Bacterium Photosynthetic Reaction Center 
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reaction center




bacteriopheophytin, the location of these pigments on the L- or M-branch of the RC is indicated by the respective subscript


primary donor




quinone; subscript indicates the primary (A) or secondary acceptor (B) located on the L- and M-branch, respectively


circular dichroism, ESR = electron spin resonance


sodium dodecylsulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, LDAO = dimethyldodecylamineoxide, TX-100 = Triton X-100




Rhodopseudomonas, Rs. = Rhodospirillum, Cf. = Chloroflexus, Cr. = Chromatium.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Scheer
    • 1
  • D. Beese
    • 1
  • R. Steiner
    • 1
  • A. Angerhofer
    • 2
  1. 1.Botanisches Institut der UniversitätMünchen 19Germany
  2. 2.Physikalisches Institut der UniversitätStuttgart 80Germany

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