Imperial College London

Professor Bill Rutherford FRS

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Chair in Biochemistry of Solar Energy



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author = {Rutherford, AW and Zimmermann, JL},
doi = {10.1016/0005-2728(84)90092-6},
journal = {BBA - Bioenergetics},
pages = {168--175},
title = {A new EPR signal attributed to the primary plastosemiquinone acceptor in Photosystem II},
url = {},
volume = {767},
year = {1984}

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AB - A study of signals, light-induced at 77 K in O2-evolving Photosystem II (PS II) membranes showed that the EPR signal that has been attributed to the semiquinone-iron form of the primary quinone acceptor, Q-AFe, at g = 1.82 was usually accompanied by a broad signal at g = 1.90. In some preparations, the usual g = 1.82 signal was almost completely absent, while the intensity of the g = 1.90 signal was significantly increased. The g = 1.90 signal is attributed to a second EPR form of the primary semiquinone-iron acceptor of PS II on the basis of the following evidence. (1) The signal is chemically and photochemically induced under the same conditions as the usual g = 1.82 signal. (2) The extent of the signal induced by the addition of chemical reducing agents is the same as that photochemically induced by illumination at 77 K. (3) When the g = 1.82 signal is absent and instead the g = 1.90 signal is present, illumination at 200 K of a sample containing a reducing agent results in formation of the characteristic split pheophytin- signal, which is thought to arise from an interaction between the photoreduced pheophytin acceptor and the semiquinone-iron complex. (4) Both the g = 1.82 and g = 1.90 signals disappear when illumination is given at room temperature in the presence of a reducing agent. This is thought to be due to a reduction of the semiquinone to the nonparamagnetic quinol form. (5) Both the g = 1.90 and g = 1.82 signals are affected by herbicides which block electron transfer between the primary and secondary quinone acceptors. It was found that increasing the pH results in an increase of the g = 1.90 form, while lowering the pH favours the g = 1.82 form. The change from the g = 1.82 form to the g = 1.90 form is accompanied by a splitting change in the split pheophytin- signal from approx. 42 to approx. 50 G. Results using chloroplasts suggest that the g = 1.90 signal could represent the form present in vivo. © 1984.
AU - Rutherford,AW
AU - Zimmermann,JL
DO - 10.1016/0005-2728(84)90092-6
EP - 175
PY - 1984///
SN - 0005-2728
SP - 168
TI - A new EPR signal attributed to the primary plastosemiquinone acceptor in Photosystem II
T2 - BBA - Bioenergetics
UR -
VL - 767
ER -