Environmental effects on vibrational properties of carotenoids: experiments and calculations on peridinin

Abstract : Carotenoids are employed in light-harvesting complexes of dinoflagellates with the two-fold aim to extend the spectral range of the antenna and to protect it from radiation damage. We have studied the effect of the environment on the vibrational properties of the carotenoid peridinin in different solvents by means of vibrational spectroscopies and QM/MM molecular dynamics simulations. Three prototypical solvents were considered: cyclohexane (an apolar/aprotic solvent), deuterated acetonitrile (a polar/aprotic solvent) and methanol (a polar/protic solvent). Thanks to effective normal mode analysis, we were able to assign the experimental Raman and IR bands and to clarify the effect of the solvent on band shifts. In the 1500-1650 cm−1 region, seven vibrational modes of the polyene chain were identified and assigned to specific molecular vibrations. In the 1700-1800 cm−1 region a strong progressive down-shift of the lactonic carbonyl frequency is observed passing from cyclohexane to methanol solutions. This has been rationalized here in terms of solvent polarity and solute-solvent hydrogen bond interactions. On the basis of our data we propose a classification of non-equivalent peridinins in the Peridinin-Chlorophyll-Proteins, light-harvesting complexes of dinoflagellates.
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D. Bovi, A. Mezzetti, R. Vuilleumier, M.P. Gaigeot, B. Chazallon, et al.. Environmental effects on vibrational properties of carotenoids: experiments and calculations on peridinin. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2011, 13, pp.20954 - 20964. ⟨10.1039/C1CP21985E⟩. ⟨hal-00653378⟩

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