Abstract— The photosynthetic activity of white light‐grown Acetabularia mediterranea Lamouroux (=A. acetabulum (L.) Silva) decreases under continuous red light to less than 20% within 3 weeks. Subsequent blue light reactivates photosynthesis within a relatively short period of 3 days. In a former publication (Wennicke and Schmid, Plant Physiol.84,1252–1256, 1987) we have shown that the regulated rate limiting step, which is an immediate light driven reaction, is part of photosystem II (PS II). The following biophysical properties of PS II were analyzed in thylakoids isolated from algae grown 3 weeks under either blue or red light with or without subsequent 3 days of blue light illumination: (a) fluorescence induction in the short time domain dominated by QA reduction, (b) the slow fluorescence decline reflecting pheophytin photoaccumulation, (c) absorption changes at 320 and 830 nm under repetitive flash excitation as indicator for the turnover of QA and P680, respectively, (d) oscillation pattern of the oxygen yield by a flash train in dark adapted samples and (e) the binding capacity for atrazine. None of these PS II functions were severely affected, but a minor impairment of20–30% was observed in the thylakoids from algae grown for 3 weeks in red irradiation. The changes do not fully account for the drastic reduction of the electron transport through PS II which was 80% after red light treatment. Therefore, the regulated rate‐limiting step appears to not be mainly located in the PS II core complex itself. It seems likely that the regulation process predominantly comprises the antenna system.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Photochemistry and photobiology|
|State||Published - Jul 1990|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry