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Light-induced linear dichroism in photoreversibly photochromic sensor pigments 3. Chromophore rotation estimated by polarized-light reversal of dichroism

  • C Sundqvist
  • Lars Olof Björn
Publishing year: 1983
Language: English
Pages: 263-269
Publication/Series: Physiologia Plantarum
Volume: 59
Issue: 2
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Wiley Online Library

Abstract english

Phytochrome from oats (Avena sativa L. cv. Sol II), partially purified on brushite, was immobilized on Sepharose beads to which antiphytochrome immunoglobulin had been covalently linked. The immobilized phytochrome was first brought to the Pr form with unpolarized far-red light. The change in linear dichroism at 660 nm induced by plane polarized red light, and its reversal by plane polarized far-red light were then studied using a dual-wavelength spectrophotometer equipped with polarizing filters. The far-red light was most effective in reversing red-induced dichroism when the angle between the planes of polarization of red and far-red light was approximately From this it was computed that the long-wavelength transition moment of phytochrome rotates about (or with respect to the protein during conversion from Pr to Pfr. The reverse experiment, using unpolarized red light followed first by polarized far-red light and then polarized red light, with dichroism monitored at 730 nm, also gives most effective reversal for an angle of about between polarization planes, but this corresponds to a transition moment rotation of about (or The present method is more straightforward but less accurate and confirms an earlier conclusion that the rotation angle is close to (or in contrast to the "in vivo" value of found by several workers.


  • Biological Sciences


  • ISSN: 0031-9317
Lars Olof Björn
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