DataSheet1_Bridging Carotenoid-to-Bacteriochlorophyll Energy Transfer of Purple Bacteria LH2 With Temperature Variations: Insights From Conformational.pdf (1003.2 kB)
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posted on 04.10.2021, 04:48 by Ruichao Mao, Xiaocong Wang, Jun Gao

Photosynthesis is a key process for converting light energy into chemical energy and providing food for lives on Earth. Understanding the mechanism for the energy transfers could provide insights into regulating energy transfers in photosynthesis and designing artificial photosynthesis systems. Many efforts have been devoted to exploring the mechanism of temperature variations affecting the excitonic properties of LH2. In this study, we performed all-atom molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and quantum mechanics calculations for LH2 complex from purple bacteria along with its membrane environment under three typical temperatures: 270, 300, and 330 K. The structural analysis from validated MD simulations showed that the higher temperature impaired interactions at N-terminus of both α and β polypeptide helices and led to the dissociation of this hetero polypeptide dimer. Rhodopin-β-D-glucosides (RG1) moved centripetally with α polypeptide helices when temperature increased and enlarged their distances with bacteriochlorophylls molecules that have the absorption peak at 850 nm (B850), which resulted in reducing the coupling strengths between RG1 and B850 molecules. The present study reported a cascading mechanism for temperature regulating the energy transfers in LH2 of purple bacteria.

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