Abstract —Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) difference spectra of the BR→rK transition in bacteriorhodopsin at 77→K are compared with analogous resonance Raman difference spectra obtained using a spinning sample cell at 77→K. The vibrational frequencies observed in the FTIR spectra of native purple membrane and of purple membrane regenerated with 15‐deuterioretinal are in good agreement with the frequencies observed in the Raman spectra, indicating that the lines in the FTIR difference spectra arise predominantly from retinal chromophore vibrations. This agreement confirms that the spinning cell method for obtaining resonance Raman spectra of K minimizes potential contributions from unwanted photoproducts. The unexpected similarity between the resonance Raman scattering intensities and the FTIR absorption intensities for BR and K is discussed in terms of the delocalized electronic structure of the chromophore. Finally, comparison of the Schiff base regions of the K Raman and FTIR spectra provide additional information on the assignment of its Schiff base vibration.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Photochemistry and Photobiology|
|State||Published - Nov 1984|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry