Fluorescence spectra from Photosystem I (PS I) are measured from 25 to -5°C on a PS II-less mutant of the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Emission from antenna chlorophylls (Chls) with energy levels below that of the reaction center, or low-energy Chls (LE Chls), is resolved verifying their presence at physiological temperatures. The 25°C spectrum is characterized by peaks at 688 and 715 nm. As temperature decreases, fluorescence at 688 nm decreases while at 715 nm it increases. The total fluorescence yield does not change. The temperature dependent spectra are fit to a sum of two basis spectra. At 25°C, the first basis spectrum has a major peak at 686 nm and a minor peak at 740 nm. This is attributed to fluorescence from the majority or bulk antenna Chls. The second basis spectrum has a major peak at 712 nm, with shoulders at 722 and 770 nm. It characterizes fluorescence from a small number of LE Chls. A progressive shift to the red in the fluorescence spectra occurs as the temperature is decreased. The temperature dependence in the relative amount of fluorescence from the bulk and LE Chls is fit using a two-component energy transfer model at thermal equilibrium.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Plant Science
- Cell Biology