A light-induced spin-polarized triplet detected by EPR in photosystem II reaction centers. Academic Article uri icon


  • A light-induced spin-polarized triplet state has been detected in a purified Photosystem II preparation by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy at liquid helium temperature. The electron spin polarization pattern is interpreted to indicate that the triplet originates from radical pair recombination between the oxidized primary donor chlorophyll, P-680+, and the reduced intermediate pheophytin, I-, as has been previously demonstrated in bacterial reaction centers. The dependence of the triplet signal on the redox state of I and the primary acceptor, Q, are consistent with the origin of the triplet signal from the triplet state of P-680. Redox-poising experiments indicate the presence of an endogenous donor (or donors) which operates at 3-5 K and 200 K. The zero field-splitting parameters of the triplet are very similar to those of monomeric chlorophyll a however, this alone does not allow a distinction to be made between monomeric and dimeric structures for P-680.

published proceedings

  • Biochim Biophys Acta

author list (cited authors)

  • Rutherford, A. W., Paterson, D. R., & Mullet, J. E.

citation count

  • 126

complete list of authors

  • Rutherford, AW||Paterson, DR||Mullet, JE

publication date

  • April 1981