The Transient Photosystem I EPR Spectra Correlated Spin Pair Concept and Structural Conclusions

  • Dietmar Stehlik
  • Christian H. Bock
  • Arthur J. Van Der Est


For many years it has been known that primary charge separation in photosynthetic reaction centers is associated with spin polarized EPR-signals. Such signals can be detected directly in preparations containing PS I whereas their observation in bacterial reaction centers or PS II requires removal or decoupling of the non-heme iron, which acts as a strong relaxation center. However, their usefullness has been hampered for some time by a lack of understanding of their origin. With the present knowledge of the molecular arrangement of the chromophores in the bacterial reaction center it is obvious that transient EPR-de-tection occurs in coupled spin pairs. With this concept /1–5/ observed transient EPR spectra can be understood satisfactorily /6/. Here, we want to address some of the questions raised in the context of this interpretation and present confirming evidence for the major conclusions reached previously /6/.


Microwave Field Photosynthetic Reaction Center Spin Pair Primary Charge Separation Bacterial Reaction Center 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dietmar Stehlik
    • 1
  • Christian H. Bock
    • 1
  • Arthur J. Van Der Est
    • 1
  1. 1.FB PhysikFU BerlinBerlin 33Germany

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