Theoretical Assessment of Hinge-Type Models for Electron Donors in Reaction Centers of Photosystems I and II as Well as of Purple Bacteria

27 November 2020, Version 1
This content is a preprint and has not undergone peer review at the time of posting.


Hinge-type molecular models for electron donors in reaction centers of Photosystem I, II, and purple bacteria were investigated using a two-state computational approach based on Frozen-Density Embedding. This methodology, dubbed FDE-diab, is known to avoid consequences of the self-interaction error as far as intermolecular phenomena are concerned, which allows to predict qualitatively correct spin densities for large bio-molecular systems. The calculated spin density distributions are in a good agreement with available experimental results and demonstrated a very high sensitivity to changes in relative orientiation of co-factors and amino-acid protonation states. This allows to validate the previously proposed hinge-type models and make predictions on protonation states of axial histidine molecules. Contrary to the reaction centers in Photosystem I and purple bacteria, the axial histidines from Photosystem II were found to be deprotonated. This fact might shed some light on remarkable properties of Photosystem II reaction centers.


Frozen-Density Embedding Theory
Biochemistry simulations
reaction center chlorophylls
Theoretical Analysis
diabatic state wave function

Supplementary materials

supplementary information


Comments are not moderated before they are posted, but they can be removed by the site moderators if they are found to be in contravention of our Commenting Policy [opens in a new tab] - please read this policy before you post. Comments should be used for scholarly discussion of the content in question. You can find more information about how to use the commenting feature here [opens in a new tab] .
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy [opens in a new tab] and Terms of Service [opens in a new tab] apply.