HR Excellence in Science

RNDr. Radek Litvín, Ph.D.

Position Head of Laboratory
Institute of Plant Molecular Biology

Contact details +420 387 775 522


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: 40 records
Agostini A., Bína D., Carbonera D., Litvín R. (2023) Conservation of triplet-triplet energy transfer photoprotective pathways in fucoxanthin chlorophyll-binding proteins across algal lineages Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics 1864 (2): 148935.
DOI: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2022.148935
Macernis M., Streckaite S., Litvín R., Pascal A.A., Llansola-Portoles M., Robert B., Valkunas L. (2022) Electronic and Vibrational Properties of Allene Carotenoids Journal of Physical Chemistry A 126: 813-824.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.1c09393
Khan T, Litvín R., Šebelík V., Polívka T. (2021) Excited-State Evolution of Keto-Carotenoids after Excess Energy Excitation in the UV Region ChemPhysChem 22: 471-480.
DOI: 10.1002/cphc.202000982
Adamec F., Farci D, Bína D., Litvín R., Khan T, Fuciman M., Piano D, Polívka T. (2020) Photophysics of deinoxanthin, the keto-carotenoid bound to the main S-layer unit of Deinococcus radiodurans Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences 19: 495-503.
DOI: 10.1039/D0PP00031K
Staleva-Musto H., Kuznetsova V., Bína D., Litvín R., Polívka T. (2020) Intramolecular charge‑transfer state of carotenoids siphonaxanthin and siphonein: function of non‑conjugated acyl‑oxy group Photosynthesis Research 144: 127-135.
DOI: 10.1007/s11120-019-00694-x
Streckaite S., Macernis M., Li F., Kuthanová Trsková E., Litvín R., Yang C., Pascal A.A., Valkunas L., Robert B., Llansola-Portoles M. (2020) Modeling Dynamic Conformations of Organic Molecules: Alkyne Carotenoids in Solution Journal of Physical Chemistry A 124: 2792-2801.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.9b11536
Vinklárek I.S., Bína D., Malina T., Collins A.M., Litvín R., Alster J., Pšenčík J. (2020) Triplet state quenching of bacteriochlorophyll c aggregates in a protein-free environment of a chlorosome interior Chemical Physics 529: DOI: 10.1016/j.chemphys.2019.110542
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
Litvín R., Bína D., Herbstová M., Pazderník M., Kotabová E., Gardian Z., Trtílek M., Prášil O., Vácha F. (2019) Red-shifted light-harvesting system of freshwater eukaryotic alga Trachydiscus minutus (Eustigmatophyta, Stramenopila) Photosynthesis Research 142 (2): 137-151.
DOI: 10.1007/s11120-019-00662-5
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 216: 460-475.
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., Herbstová M., Gardian Z., 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

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