UV excited-state photoresponse of Biochromophore negative ions

Anastasia V. Bochenkova, Benedikte Klærke, Dennis B. Rahbek, Jyoti Rajput, Yoni Toker, Lars H. Andersen

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Members of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) family may undergo irreversible phototransformation upon irradiation with UV light. This provides clear evidence for the importance of the higher-energy photophysics of the chromophore, which remains essentially unexplored. By using time-resolved action and photoelectron spectroscopy together with high-level electronic structure theory, we directly probe and identify higher electronically excited singlet states of the isolated para- and meta-chromophore anions of GFP. These molecular resonances are found to serve as a doorway for very efficient electron detachment in the gas phase. Inside the protein, this band is found to be resonant with the quasicontinuum of a solvated electron, thus enhancing electron transfer from the GFP to the solvent. This suggests a photophysical pathway for photoconversion of the protein, where GFP resonant photooxidation in solution triggers radical redox reactions inside these proteins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9797-9801
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number37
StatePublished - 8 Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • ab initio calculations
  • action spectroscopy
  • electron transfer
  • green fluorescent protein
  • photophysics


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