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Photochemistry beyond the red limit in chlorophyll f–containing photosystems

Abstract : Photosystems I and II convert solar energy into the chemical energy that powers life. Chlorophyll a photochemistry, using red light (680 to 700 nm), is near universal and is considered to define the energy “red limit” of oxygenic photosynthesis. We present biophysical studies on the photosystems from a cyanobacterium grown in far-red light (750 nm). The few long-wavelength chlorophylls present are well resolved from each other and from the majority pigment, chlorophyll a. Charge separation in photosystem I and II uses chlorophyll f at 745 nm and chlorophyll f (or d) at 727 nm, respectively. Each photosystem has a few even longer-wavelength chlorophylls f that collect light and pass excitation energy uphill to the photochemically active pigments. These photosystems function beyond the red limit using far-red pigments in only a few key positions.
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Dennis Nürnberg, Jennifer Morton, Stefano Santabarbara, Alison Telfer, Pierre Joliot, et al.. Photochemistry beyond the red limit in chlorophyll f–containing photosystems. Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2018, 360 (6394), pp.1210 - 1213. ⟨10.1126/science.aar8313⟩. ⟨cea-01886154⟩

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