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On the Possible Role of an Intermolecular Charge Transfer State in the Excitation of the Biologically Active Bond of the Retinal Chromophore-counterion Pair

Novak, Jurica; Mališ, Momir; Došlić, Nađa (2020) On the Possible Role of an Intermolecular Charge Transfer State in the Excitation of the Biologically Active Bond of the Retinal Chromophore-counterion Pair. Croatica chemica acta, 93 (4). pp. 303-310. ISSN 0011-1643

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Abstract

In non-polar solvents the protonation of the all-trans Schiff base of retinal (SBR+) using strong acids leads to formation of retinal chromophore-counterion pairs. Previously we have shown that the main non-reactive deactivation channel of these ion pairs involves internal conversion from the initially excited ππ* state to an inter-molecular charge transfer state (inter-CT) with subsequent dissociation of the chromophore-counterion pair. In solution this leads to the abortion of isomerization. Motivated by the recent X-ray diffraction experiments showing that the disruption of the hydrogen-bonded network of counterions precedes the isomerization of all-trans SBR+ in bacteriorhodopsin we decided to take a closer look at the dynamics of the chromophore-counterion pair in the inter-CT state. Using constrained non-adiabatic dynamics simulations in which the dissociation of the chromophore-counterion pair was impeded, we show that the charge distribution in the inter-CT state leads to site-specific elongation of the biologically active C13=C14 bond. On this basis we hypothesize that an inter-molecular charge transfer state involving the retinal chromophore and the H-bonded counterions (S2) may play an active role in the photoisomerization reaction in a constraint environment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: retinal ; trifluoroacetic acid ; hydrogen bond ; charge transfer ; photoisomerization ; non-adiabatic molecular dynamics
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Chemistry
Divisions: Division of Physical Chemistry
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Project titleProject leaderProject codeProject type
Svjetlo na molekulama: istraživanje spregnute elektronske i nuklearne dinamikeDošlić, NađaIP-2016-06-1142HRZZ
Depositing User: Sofija Konjević
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2022 12:46
URI: http://fulir.irb.hr/id/eprint/6954
DOI: 10.5562/cca3748

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