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FTIR study of the photoinduced processes of plant phytochrome phyA using isotope-labeled bilins and density functional theory calculations
Citation key Schwinte2008
Author Schwinte, P. and Foerstendorf, H. and Hussain, Z. and Gartner, W. and Mroginski, M. A. and Hildebrandt, P. and Siebert, F.
Pages 1256–1267
Year 2008
Journal Biophysical Journal
Volume 95
Number 3
Abstract Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was used to analyze the chromophore structure in the parent states Pr and Pfr of plant phytochrome phyA and the respective photoproducts lumi-R and lumi-F. The spectra were obtained from phyA adducts assembled with either uniformly or selectively isotope-labeled phytochromobilin and phycocyanobilin. The interpretation of the experimental spectra is based on the spectra of chromophore models calculated by density functional theory. Global C-13-labeling of the tetrapyrrole allows for the discrimination between chromophore and protein bands in the Fourier transform infrared difference spectra. All infrared difference spectra display a prominent difference band attributable to a stretching mode with large contributions from the methine bridge between the inner pyrrole rings (B-C stretching). Due to mode coupling, frequencies and isotopic shifts of this mode suggest that the Pr chromophore may adopt a distorted ZZZssa or ZZZasa geometry with a twisted A-B methine bridge. The transition to lumi-R is associated with only minor changes of the amide I bands indicating limited protein structural changes during the isomerization site of the C-D methine bridge. Major protein structural changes occur upon the transition to Pfr in which the chromophore adopts a ZZEssa or ZZEasa-like state. In addition, specific interactions with the protein alter the structure of the B-C methine bridge as concluded from the substantial downshift of the respective stretching mode. These interactions are removed during the photoreaction to lumi-F (ZZE -> ZZZ), which involves only small protein structural changes.
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