Is There Excitation Energy Transfer between Different Layers of Stacked Photosystem-II-Containing Thylakoid Membranes?

Shazia Farooq, Jevgenij Chmeliov, Gediminas Trinkunas, Leonas Valkunas, Herbert Van Amerongen*

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We have compared picosecond fluorescence decay kinetics for stacked and unstacked photosystem II membranes in order to evaluate the efficiency of excitation energy transfer between the neighboring layers. The measured kinetics were analyzed in terms of a recently developed fluctuating antenna model that provides information about the dimensionality of the studied system. Independently of the stacking state, all preparations exhibited virtually the same value of the apparent dimensionality, d = 1.6. Thus, we conclude that membrane stacking does not affect the efficiency of the delivery of excitation energy toward the reaction centers but ensures a more compact organization of the thylakoid membranes within the chloroplast and separation of photosystems I and II. (Figure Presented).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1406-1410
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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