RNDr. Radek Litvín, Ph.D.

Job Position: Head of department - Photosynthesis

Contact details

Phone: +420 38 777 5522
E-mail: litvin@umbr.cas.cz
Room: 222


Main research interests

  • Diversity and evolution of chlorophyll-containing proteins – light-harvesting proteins show remarkable diversity in photosynthetic organisms. Their evolutionary history is complex and not always the same as the evolution of the 'host' organisms.
  • Function of chlorophyll-containing proteins and their complexes – despite diverse pigmentation and complex evolutionary history most known light-harvesting proteins have very similar properties of the energy transfer processes. This is likely achieved via fine-tuning of the pigment properties by protein structure.
  • Link between photosynthetic protein properties and the life history of photosynthetic organisms – ultimately, the photosyntetic proteins are the very beginning of complex metabolic processes resulting in survival of photosynthetic organisms. How is the life history of plants, algae and phototrophic bacteria modulated by their ability to capture and use light of specific colour and vice versa?
  • Photoprotective mechanisms in photosynthetic organisms – the energy flow through chlorophyll-containing protein structures has to be carefully regulated to prevent damage caused by excited chlorophyll molecules.

Total found: 32 records
Bína D., Durchan M., Kuznetsova V., Vácha F., Litvín R., Polívka T. (2019) Energy transfer dynamics in a red-shifted violaxanthin-chlorophyll a light-harvesting complex Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics 1860 (2) : 111-120.
DOI: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2018.11.006
Staleva-Musto H., West R.G., Trathnigg M., Bína D., Litvín R., Polívka T. (2019) Carotenoid-chlorophyll energy transfer in the fucoxanthin-chlorophyll complex binding a fucoxanthin acyloxy derivative Faraday Discussions accepted : DOI: 10.1039/C8FD00193F
Khoroshyy P., Bína D., Gardian Z., Litvín R., Alster J., Pšenčík J. (2018) Quenching of chlorophyll triplet states by carotenoids in algal light-harvesting complexes related to fucoxanthin-chlorophyll protein Photosynthesis Research 135 : 213–225.
DOI: 10.1007/s11120-017-0416-5
Šlouf V., Keşan G., Litvín R., Swainsbury D.J.K., Martin E., Hunter C., Polívka T. (2018) Carotenoid to bacteriochlorophyll energy transfer in the RC--LH1--PufX complex from Rhodobacter sphaeroides containing the extended conjugation keto-carotenoid diketospirilloxanthin Photosynthesis Research 135 : 33–43.
DOI: 10.1007/s11120-017-0397-4
Staleva-Musto H., Kuznetsova V., West R.G., Keşan G., Minofar B., Fuciman M., Bína D., Litvín R., Polívka T. (2018) Non-Conjugated Acyloxy Group Deactivates the Intramolecular Charge Transfer State in the Carotenoid Fucoxanthin The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 122 (11) : 2922-2930.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.8b00743
Streckaite S., Gardian Z., Li F., Litvín R., Pascal A.A., Robert B., Llansola-Portoles M. (2018) Pigment configuration in the light-harvesting protein of the xanthophyte alga Xanthonema debile Photosynthesis Research 138 (2) : 139-148.
DOI: 10.1007/s11120-018-0557-1
West R.G., Bína D., Fuciman M., Kuznetsova V., Litvín R., Polívka T. (2018) Ultrafast multi-pulse transient absorption spectroscopy of fucoxanthin chlorophyll a protein from Phaeodactylum tricornutum Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics 1859 : 357-365.
DOI: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2018.02.011
Bína D., Bouda K., Litvín R. (2017) A two-component nonphotochemical fluorescence quenching in eustigmatophyte algae Photosynthesis Research 131 : 65-77.
DOI: 10.1007/s11120-016-0299-x
Bína D., Gardian Z., Herbstová M., Litvín R. (2017) Modular antenna of photosystem I in secondary plastids of red algal origin: a Nannochloropsis oceanica case study Photosynthesis Research 131 (3) : 255-266.
DOI: 10.1007/s11120-016-0315-1
Herbstová M., Bína D., Kaňa R., Vácha F., Litvín R. (2017) Red-light phenotype in a marine diatom involves a specialized oligomeric red-shifted antenna and altered cell morphology Scientific Reports 7 : 11976.
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-12247-0
Kuznetsova V., Chábera P., Litvín R., Polívka T., Fuciman M. (2017) Effect of Isomerization on Excited-State Dynamics of the Carotenoid Fucoxanthin The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 127 (17) : 4438-4447.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b02526
Llansola-Portoles M., Litvín R., Ilioaia C., Pascal A., Bína D., Robert B. (2017) Pigment structure in the violaxanthin--chlorophyll-a-binding protein VCP Photosynthesis Research 134(1) : 51-58.
DOI: 10.1007/s11120-017-0407-6
Bína D., Gardian Z., Vácha F., Litvín R. (2016) Native FMO-reaction center supercomplex in green sulfur bacteria: an electron microscopy study Photosynthesis Research 128 (1) : 93-102.
DOI: 10.1007/s11120-015-0205-y
Bína D., Herbstová M., Gardian Z., Vácha F., Litvín R. (2016) Novel structural aspect of the diatom thylakoid membrane: lateral segregation of photosystem I under red-enhanced illumination Scientific Reports 6 : 25583.
DOI: 10.1038/srep25583
Keşan G., Litvín R., Bína D., Durchan M., Šlouf V., Polívka T. (2016) Efficient light-harvesting using non-carbonyl carotenoids: Energy transfer dynamics in the VCP complex from Nannochloropsis oceanica Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics 1857 (4) : 370-379.
DOI: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2015.12.011
Kvíčalová Z., Alster J., Hoffman E., Koroshyy P., Litvín R., Bína D., Polívka T., Pšenčík J. (2016) Triplet-triplet energy transfer from chlorophylls to carotenoids in two antenna complexes from dinoflagellate Amphidinium carterae Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics 1857 (4) : 341-349.
DOI: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2016.01.008
Litvín R., Bína D., Herbstová M., Gardian Z. (2016) Architecture of the light-harvesting apparatus of the eustigmatophyte alga Nannochloropsis oceanica Photosynthesis research 130 : 137-150.
DOI: 10.1007/s11120-016-0234-1
Llansola-Portoles M., Uragami C., Pascal A., Bína D., Litvín R., Robert B. (2016) Pigment structure in the FCP-like light-harvesting complex from Chromera velia Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics 1857(11) : 1759-1765.
DOI: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2016.08.006
Herbstová M., Bína D., Koník P., Gardian Z., Vácha F., Litvín R. (2015) Molecular basis of chromatic adaptation in pennate diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics 1847(6-7) : 534-543.
DOI: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2015.02.016
Bína D., Gardian Z., Herbstová M., Kotabová E., Koník P., Litvín R., Prášil O., Tichý J., Vácha F. (2014) Novel type of red-shifted chlorophyll a antenna complex from Chromera velia. II. Biochemistry and spectroscopy Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics 1837 : 802-810.

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