Ultrafast infrared spectroscopy of an isotope-labeled photoactivatable flavoprotein

Haigney, Allison, Lukacs, Andras, Zhao, Rui-Kun, Stelling, Allison L., Brust, Richard, Kim, Ryu-Ryun, Kondo, Minako, Clark, Ian, Towrie, Michael, Greetham, Gregory M., Illarionov, Boris, Bacher, Adelbert, Römisch-Margl, Werner, Fischer, Markus, Meech, Steve ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5561-2782 and Tonge, Peter J. (2011) Ultrafast infrared spectroscopy of an isotope-labeled photoactivatable flavoprotein. Biochemistry, 50 (8). pp. 1321-1328.

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The blue light using flavin (BLUF) domain photosensors, such as the transcriptional antirepressor AppA, utilize a noncovalently bound flavin as the chromophore for photoreception. Since the isoalloxazine ring of the chromophore is unable to undergo large-scale structural change upon light absorption, there is intense interest in understanding how the BLUF protein matrix senses and responds to flavin photoexcitation. Light absorption is proposed to result in alterations in the hydrogen-bonding network that surrounds the flavin chromophore on an ultrafast time scale, and the structural changes caused by photoexcitation are being probed by vibrational spectroscopy. Here we report ultrafast time-resolved infrared spectra of the AppA BLUF domain (AppABLUF) reconstituted with isotopically labeled riboflavin (Rf) and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), which permit the first unambiguous assignment of ground and excited state modes arising directly from the flavin carbonyl groups. Studies of model compounds and DFT calculations of the ground state vibrational spectra reveal the sensitivity of these modes to their environment, indicating that they can be used as probes of structural dynamics.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Chemistry
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Physical and Analytical Chemistry (former - to 2017)
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Chemistry of Light and Energy
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Photonics and Quantum Science
Depositing User: Rachel Smith
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2011 12:42
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2023 13:33
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/27019
DOI: 10.1021/bi101589a

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