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Portrait of Tönu Pullerits; Photo: Kennet Ruona

Tönu Pullerits

Professor

Portrait of Tönu Pullerits; Photo: Kennet Ruona

Protein Configuration Landscape Fluctuations Revealed by Exciton Transition Polarizations in Single Light Harvesting Complexes.

Author

  • Sumera Tubasum
  • Magne Torbjörnsson
  • Dheerendra Yadav
  • Rafael Camacho Dejay
  • Gustaf Söderlind
  • Ivan Scheblykin
  • Tönu Pullerits

Summary, in English

Protein is a flexible material with broad distribution of conformations forming an energy landscape of quasi-stationary states. Disentangling the system dynamics along this landscape is the key for understanding the functioning of the protein. Here we studied a photosynthetic antenna pigment-protein complex LH2 with single molecule two-dimensional polarization imaging. Modeling based on the Redfield relaxation theory well describes the observed polarization properties of LH2 fluorescence and fluorescence excitation, strongly suggesting that at 77 K the conformational subspace of the LH2 is limited to about three configurations with relatively frequent switching among each other. At room temperature the next level of fluctuations determines the conformational dynamics. The results support the multitier model of the energy landscape of proteins and demonstrate the potential of the method for the studies of structural dynamics in proteins.

Department/s

  • Chemical Physics
  • Mathematics (Faculty of Engineering)
  • Numerical Analysis

Publishing year

2016

Language

English

Pages

724-732

Publication/Series

The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B

Volume

120

Issue

4

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

The American Chemical Society (ACS)

Topic

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics

Status

Published

Research group

  • Numerical Analysis

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1520-5207