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Photoactive Yellow Protein Chromophore Photoisomerizes around a Single Bond if the Double Bond Is Locked.


ABSTRACT: Photoactivation in the Photoactive Yellow Protein, a bacterial blue-light photoreceptor, proceeds via photoisomerization of the double C?C bond in the covalently attached chromophore. Quantum chemistry calculations, however, have suggested that in addition to double-bond photoisomerization, the isolated chromophore and many of its analogues can isomerize around a single C-C bond as well. Whereas double-bond photoisomerization has been observed with X-ray crystallography, experimental evidence of single-bond photoisomerization is currently lacking. Therefore, we have synthesized a chromophore analogue, in which the formal double bond is covalently locked in a cyclopentenone ring, and carried out transient absorption spectroscopy experiments in combination with nonadiabatic molecular dynamics simulations to reveal that the locked chromophore isomerizes around the single bond upon photoactivation. Our work thus provides experimental evidence of single-bond photoisomerization in a photoactive yellow protein chromophore analogue and suggests that photoisomerization is not restricted to the double bonds in conjugated systems. This insight may be useful for designing light-driven molecular switches or motors.

SUBMITTER: Mustalahti S 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC7145348 | BioStudies | 2020-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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