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|Author||Escobar, Francisco Velazquez and Buhrke, David and Lopez, Maria Fernandez and Shenkutie, Sintayehu Manaye and von Horsten, Silke and Essen, Lars-Oliver and Hughes, Jon and Hildebrandt, Peter|
|Abstract||The N-terminal extension (NTE) of plant phytochromes has been suggested to play a functional role in signaling photoinduced structural changes. Here, we use resonance Raman spectroscopy to study the effect of the NTE on the chromophore structure of B-type phytochromes from two evolutionarily distant plants. NTE deletion seems to have no effect on the chromophore in the inactive Pr state, but alters the torsion of the C-D ring methine bridge and the surrounding hydrogen bonding network in the physiologically active Pfr state. These changes are accompanied by a shift of the conformational equilibrium between two Pfr substates, which might affect the thermal isomerization rate of the C-D double bond and, thus, account for the effect of the NTE on the dark reversion kinetics.|
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