Visualizing a protein quake with time-resolved X-ray scattering at a free-electron laser Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • We describe a method to measure ultrafast protein structural changes using time-resolved wide-angle X-ray scattering at an X-ray free-electron laser. We demonstrated this approach using multiphoton excitation of the Blastochloris viridis photosynthetic reaction center, observing an ultrafast global conformational change that arises within picoseconds and precedes the propagation of heat through the protein. This provides direct structural evidence for a 'protein quake': the hypothesis that proteins rapidly dissipate energy through quake-like structural motions.

authors

  • Arnlund, D
  • Johansson, LC
  • Wickstrand, C
  • Barty, A
  • Williams, GJ
  • Malmerberg, E
  • Davidsson, J
  • Milathianaki, D
  • DePonte, DP
  • Shoeman, RL
  • Wang, D
  • James, D
  • Katona, G
  • Westenhoff, S
  • White, TA
  • Aquila, A
  • Bari, S
  • Berntsen, P
  • Bogan, M
  • van Driel, TB
  • Doak, RB
  • Kjaer, KS
  • Frank, M
  • Fromme, R
  • Grotjohann, I
  • Henning, R
  • Hunter, MS
  • Kirian, RA
  • Kosheleva, I
  • Kupitz, C
  • Liang, M
  • Martin, AV
  • Nielsen, MM
  • Messerschmidt, M
  • Seibert, MM
  • Sjohamn, J
  • Stellato, F
  • Weierstall, U
  • Zatsepin, NA
  • Spence, JCH
  • Fromme, P
  • Schlichting, I
  • Boutet, S
  • Groenhof, G
  • Chapman, HN
  • Neutze, R

publication date

  • 2014