A Resonance Raman Study of the C=C Stretch Modes in Bovine and Octopus Visual Pigments with Isotopically Labeled Retinal Chromophores

L. Huang, H. Deng, Y. Koutalos, T. Ebrey, M. Groesbeek, J. Lugtenburg, M. Tsuda, R. H. Callender

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Abstract

Previous resonance Raman spectroscopic studies of bovine and octopus rhodopsin and bathorhodopsin in the C-C stretch fingerprint region have shown drastically different spectral patterns, which suggest different chromophore-protein interactions. We have extended our resonance Raman studies of bovine and octopus pigments to the C=C stretch region in order to reveal a more detailed picture about the difference in retinal-protein interactions between these two pigments. The C=C stretch motions of the protonated retinal Schiff base are strongly coupled to form highly delocalized ethylenic modes located in the 1500 to 1650 cm-1 spectral region. In order to decouple these vibrations, a series of 11,12-D2-labeled retinals, with additional 13C labeling at C8, C10, C11 and C14, respectively, are used to determine the difference of specific C=C stretch modes between bovine and octopus pigments. Our results show that the C9=C10 and C13=C14 stretch mode are about 20 cm-1 lower in the Raman spectrum of octopus bathorhodopsin than in bovine bathorhodopsin, while the other C=C stretch modes in these two bathorhodopsins are similar. In contrast, only the C9=C10 stretch mode in octopus rhodopsin is about 10 cm-1 lower than in bovine rhodopsin, while other C=C stretches are similar.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)747-754
Number of pages8
JournalPhotochemistry and Photobiology
Volume66
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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