Excitation Energy Transfer in Isolated Chlorosomes from Chlorobaculum tepidum and Prosthecochloris aestuarii


Corresponding author email: jari.antero.m@gmail.com (Jari Martiskainen)


Excitation energy transfer in chlorosomes from photosynthetic green sulfur bacteria, Chlorobaculum (Cba.) tepidum and Prosthecochloris (Pst.) aestuarii, have been studied at room temperature by time-resolved femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. Bleach rise times from 117 to 270 fs resolved for both chlorosomes reflect extremely efficient intrachlorosomal energy transfer. Bleach relaxation times, from 1 to 3 ps and 25 to 35 ps, probed at 758 nm were tentatively assigned to intrachlorosomal energy transfer based on amplitude changes of the global fits and model calculations. The anisotropy decay constant of about 1 ps resolved at 807 nm probe wavelength for the chlorosomes from Chloroflexus aurantiacus, Pst. aestuarii and Cba. tepidum was related to energy transfer between bacteriochlorophyll a molecules of the baseplate and partly to intrachlorosomal energy transfer. The longer anisotropy components 6.6, 8.8 and 12.1 ps resolved for the three chlorosomes, respectively, were assigned to chlorosome to baseplate energy transfer. Global fits of magic-angle data also revealed longer chlorosome to baseplate energy transfer components from 95 to 135 ps, in accord with results from simulations.