• A Mallardi

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    • Charge recombination kinetics of photosynthetic reaction centres in phospholipid organized systems

      A Agostiano L Catucci M Giustini A Mallardi G Palazzo

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      Liposomes,n-hexane phospholipids reverse micelles and organogel have been used as model membrane systems in which the photosynthetic reaction centres (RCs) fromRb. Sphaeroides have been incorporated. The influence of the liposomial composition on the RC photochemical properties have been tested, using liposomes made of different phospholipids. The charge recombination of flash generated states of the RC solubilized in reverse micelles have been followed as a function of the quinone concentration at two different temperatures. In this mimetic membrane system the quinone molecules are in fast exchange between theQB site of the protein and the bulk organic phase. The thermodynamic parameters relative to the electron transfer fromQA toQB and to the binding processes of the quinone to theQB site have been determined. Complex multiphasic kinetics for RCs in organogel have been observed. In this system, both the quinone binding to theQB site and theP+QA state stabilization are markedly influenced by theW0. The role played by the water activity in the RC binding affinity for the ubiquinone molecule has been considered.

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