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A Time Dependent Density Functional Theory Study of α-84 Phycocyanobilin Chromophore in C-Phycocyanin

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posted on 2005-06-09, 00:00 authored by Jian Wan, Xin Xu, Yanliang Ren, Guangfu Yang
The optical characteristics of absorption and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy of an α-subunit of C-phycocyanin (C-PC) were investigated by using time dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) combined with the polarizable continuum model (PCM). When the protonation of α-84 phycocyanobilin (PCB) and its interaction with the protein moiety in C-PC have been taken into account, satisfactory assignment of the absorption and CD spectra of α-84 PCB can be achieved. The TDDFT−PCM calculations conclude that in the visible absorption region the main peak arises from the π electron excitation of the pyrrole rings and the shoulder peak comes from the charge transfer from Asp87 (a nearby amino acid residue) to PCBH+.