Mechanism for the Opsin Shift of Retinal's Absorption in Bacteriorhodopsin1

Johan Lugtenburg, Maria Muradin-Szweykowska, Carola Heeremans, Johannes A. Pardoen, Gerard S. Harbison, Judith Herzfeld, Robert G. Griffin, Steven O. Smith, Richard A. Mathies

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Dihydro derivatives of retinal were first used by Nakanishi et al.2 in their pioneering development of a point charge model to explain how bacteriorhodopsin (BR) shifts the absorption maximum of its retinal protonated Schiff base (PSB) chromophore to the red.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3104-3105
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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