Functional heterogeneity of the fucoxanthins and fucoxanthin-chlorophyll proteins in diatom cells revealed by their electrochromic response and fluorescence and linear dichroism spectra

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Chemical Physics, 2010, 373 (1-2), pp. 110 - 114
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In this work, by analyzing the electrochromic transient spectra, the 77 K fluorescence emission and excitation, as well as the linear dichroism (LD) and circular dichroism (CD) spectra of low-light (LL) and high-light (HL) grown Phaeodactylum tricornutum cells, we show that the fucoxanthins (Fx) and fucoxanthin-chlorophyll proteins (FCP) exhibit marked functional heterogeneity. Electrochromic transients reveal that LL and HL cells differ substantially in their relative contents of two Fx forms, which absorb at 501 and 550 nm; they exhibit distinct LD signals but are CD silent. Fluorescence emission and excitation spectra at 77 K reveal that although both forms efficiently transfer excitation energy to Chl a, the red form feeds somewhat more energy to photosystem II than to photosystem I. Similar data obtained in Cyclotella meneghiniana cells suggest that the heterogeneity of the FCP pool, with different Fx forms, plays a role in the regulation of energy utilization in FCP-containing organisms. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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