Red-light absorption and fluorescence of phytochrome chromophores: a comparative theoretical study
2013 (English)In: Chemical Physics, ISSN 0301-0104, E-ISSN 1873-4421, Vol. 425, 19-28 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Currently, much experimental effort is being invested in the engineering of phytochromes, a large superfamily of photoreceptor proteins, into fluorescent proteins suitable for bioimaging in the near-infrared regime. In this work, we gain insight into the potential of computational methods to contribute to this development by investigating how well representative quantum chemical methods reproduce recently recorded red-light absorption and emission maxima of synthetic derivatives of the bilin chromophores of phytochromes. Focusing on the performance of time-dependent density functional theory but using also the ab initio CIS(D), CC2 and CASPT2 methods, we explore how various methodological considerations influence computed spectra and find, somewhat surprisingly, that density functionals lacking exact exchange reproduce the experimental measurements with smaller errors than functionals that include exact exchange. Thus, for the important class of chromophores that bilins constitute, the widely established trend that hybrid functionals give more accurate excitation energies than pure functionals does not apply.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2013. Vol. 425, 19-28 p.
bilin chromophores, photoreceptor proteins, fluorescent proteins, excited states, quantum chemistry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-96694DOI: 10.1016/j.chemphys.2013.07.018ISI: 000327443700003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-96694DiVA: diva2:642899
Funding agencies|Linkoping University||Swedish Research Council||Olle Engkvist Foundation||Wenner-Gren Foundations||2013-08-232013-08-232015-11-19Bibliographically approved