Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 133, Issue 1–3, pp 289–295 | Cite as

Excitation energy transfer from the bacteriochlorophyll Soret band to carotenoids in the LH2 light-harvesting complex from Ectothiorhodospira haloalkaliphila is negligible

  • A. P. RazjivinEmail author
  • E. P. Lukashev
  • V. O. Kompanets
  • V. S. Kozlovsky
  • A. A. Ashikhmin
  • S. V. Chekalin
  • A. A. Moskalenko
  • V. Z. Paschenko
Original Article


Pathways of intramolecular conversion and intermolecular electronic excitation energy transfer (EET) in the photosynthetic apparatus of purple bacteria remain subject to debate. Here we experimentally tested the possibility of EET from the bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) Soret band to the singlet S2 level of carotenoids using femtosecond pump–probe measurements and steady-state fluorescence excitation and absorption measurements in the near-ultraviolet and visible spectral ranges. The efficiency of EET from the Soret band of BChl to S2 of the carotenoids in light-harvesting complex LH2 from the purple bacterium Ectothiorhodospira haloalkaliphila appeared not to exceed a few percent.


Soret band Bacteriochlorophyll Carotenoids Excitation energy transfer LH2 Ectothiorhodospira haloalkaliphila 



Bacteriochlorophyll a




Excitation energy transfer


Efficiency of EET from carotenoids to BChl


Efficiency of EET from BChl (Soret) to carotenoids


Light-harvesting complex 2


Reaction center



This work has been supported in part by grants from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (15-04-09289-a; OFI-M 15-29-01167; 15-04-02660-a). We are thankful to Dr. E. A. Kotova for valuable comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Belozersky Research Institute of Physico-Chemical BiologyLomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Institute of Fundamental Problems of BiologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscow RegionRussia
  3. 3.Institute of SpectroscopyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  4. 4.Faculty of BiologyLomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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