Possible mechanisms for the O-O bond formation in oxygen evolution reaction at the CaMn4O5(H2O)4 cluster of PSII refined to 1.9 X-ray resolution

S. Yamanaka, H. Isobe, K. Kanda, T. Saito, Y. Umena, K. Kawakami, J. R. Shen, N. Kamiya, M. Okumura, H. Nakamura, K. Yamaguchi

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Very recently Umena et al. have determined the X-ray diffraction (XRD) structure of the CaMn4O5 cluster (1) in the oxygen-evolving complex (OEC) of photosystem II (PSII) refined to 1.9 resolution. UB3LYP calculations of 1 using this XRD structure were performed to elucidate possible mechanisms for the oxygen-oxygen (O-O) bond formation in oxygen evolution reaction of PSII. The solutions obtained were used for natural orbital (NO) analysis to obtain LUMOs of labile chemical bonds, which clearly indicated the possibilities of nucleophilic attack of hydroxide (or water molecule) to the electrophilic O(56) and/or O(57) sites of 1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-145
Number of pages8
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 26 2011


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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