Orientation of Ligand Field for Dangling Manganese in Photosynthetic Oxygen-Evolving Complex of Photosystem II
journal contributionposted on 23.12.2019 by Hiroyuki Mino, Hiroki Nagashima
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The spin structure in the S2 state and the crystal structure of the manganese cluster of the oxygen-evolving complex of plant photosystem II were combined by the quantitative evaluation of the magnetic anisotropy of the g = 4 signal. The g-values of 3.93 and 4.13 were obtained for the g = 4 signal in the directions parallel and perpendicular to the membrane normal, respectively. The peak-to-peak separations were 270 and 420 G for the parallel and perpendicular orientations to the membrane, respectively. By comparison with the crystal structure, the z-axis of the zero-field splitting was ascribed to the direction of the dangling Mn connecting water oxygen, Mn4–O(W1), in the manganese cluster. The results give the first experimental evidence that the valence of the dangling Mn is Mn(III) in the S2 high-spin state. We showed that the strong exchange coupling of Mn4 to Mn3 was required for g = 4.1 spin state in the four-spin couplings, estimated as > ∼|−30 cm–1|, indicating that the present closed cubane model in quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) calculation cannot explain the g = 4.1 spin structure. The onsite zero-field splitting of the dangling Mn was evaluated as −2.3 cm–1 under the strong antiferromagnetic couplings (−50 cm–1) with the dangling Mn to the cubane frame in the four coupled spin state. From the viewpoint of the arrangement of the Mn valences in the cluster, a closed cubane model is effective, but without a large structural deviation from the S1 state crystal structure.