Electric-field effects in 13-demethyl-11,14-epoxyretinal-bacteriorhodopsin films

Paul Kolodner, Evgeniy P. Lukashev, Yuan Chin Ching, I. Rousso, M. Sheves

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We report the results of experiments on the application of electric fields across thin, dry films of a bacteriorhodopsin (BR) analog pigment in which the retinal chromophore has been replaced with 13-demethyl-11,14-epoxyretinal. As previously observed in other BR variants with low Schiff-base pK values, this pigment exhibits protonation and deprotonation of the Schiff base under an applied electric field, depending on the initial Schiffbase protonation state or effective pH. At low effective pH, a fast (<200 μs) deprotonation reaction dominates. At high pH, an apparently different mechanism leads to Schiff-base protonation on the time scale of seconds. Comparison of our results with a simple model suggests that the external field causes a shift in the pK of the Schiff base by 1-2 pH units.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-110
Number of pages8
JournalPhotochemistry and Photobiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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