Chlororespiration and cyclic electron flow around PSI during photosynthesis and plant stress response.
ABSTRACT Besides major photosynthetic complexes of oxygenic photosynthesis, new electron carriers have been identified in thylakoid membranes of higher plant chloroplasts. These minor components, located in the stroma lamellae, include a plastidial NAD(P)H dehydrogenase (NDH) complex and a plastid terminal plastoquinone oxidase (PTOX). The NDH complex, by reducing plastoquinones (PQs), participates in one of the two electron transfer pathways operating around photosystem I (PSI), the other likely involving a still uncharacterized ferredoxin-plastoquinone reductase (FQR) and the newly discovered PGR5. The existence of a complex network of mechanisms regulating expression and activity of the NDH complex, and the presence of higher amounts of NDH complex and PTOX in response to environmental stress conditions the phenotype of mutants, indicate that these components likely play a role in the acclimation of photosynthesis to changing environmental conditions. Based on recently published data, we propose that the NDH-dependent cyclic pathway around PSI participates to the ATP supply in conditions of high ATP demand (such as high temperature or water limitation) and together with PTOX regulates cyclic electron transfer activity by tuning the redox state of intersystem electron carriers. In response to severe stress conditions, PTOX associated to the NDH and/or the PGR5 pathway may also limit electron pressure on PSI acceptor and prevent PSI photoinhibition.
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ABSTRACT: Under high light (HL) stress, astaxanthin-accumulating Haematococcus pluvialis and β-carotene-accumulating Dunaliella salina showed different responsive patterns. To elucidate cellular-regulating strategies photosynthetically and metabolically, thylakoid membrane proteins in H. pluvialis and D. salina were extracted and relatively quantified after 0 h, 24 h and 48 h of HL stress. Proteomic analysis showed that three subunits of the cytochrome b6/f complex were greatly reduced under HL stress in H. pluvialis, while they were increased in D. salina. Additionally, the major subunits of both photosystem (PS) II and PSI reaction center proteins were first reduced and subsequently recovered in H. pluvialis, while they were gradually reduced in D. salina. D. salina also showed a greater ability to function using the xanthophyll-cycle and the cyclic photosynthetic electron transfer pathway compared to H. pluvialis. We propose a reoriented and effective HL-responsive strategy in H. pluvialis, enabling it to acclimate under HL. The promising metabolic pathway described here contains a reorganized pentose phosphate pathway, Calvin cycle and glycolysis pathway participating in carbon sink formation under HL in H. pluvialis. Additionally, the efficient carbon reorientation strategy in H. pluvialis was verified by elevated extracellular carbon assimilation and rapid conversion into astaxanthin.Scientific reports. 01/2014; 4:6661.
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ABSTRACT: When compared with Photosystem I (PSI) in wild-type (WT) rice plants, PSI in PsbS-knockout (KO) plants that lack the energy-dependent component of nonphotochemical quenching (NPQ) was less sensitive to photoinhibition. Therefore, we investigated the relationship between NPQ and cyclic electron flow (CEF) around PSI as a photoprotective mechanism. Activities of two CEF routes (PGR5-dependent or NDH-dependent) were compared between those genotypes by using both dark-adapted plants and pre-illuminated plants, i.e., those in which the Calvin–Benson cycle is de-activated and activated, respectively. In dark-adapted leaves activity of the PGR5-dependent route was determined as the rate of P700 photooxidation. Activity was higher in the mutants than in the WT. However, no difference was noted when plants of either genotype were pre-illuminated. When the electron transport pathway was switched to the cyclic mode by infiltrating leaf segments with 150 mM sorbitol, 40 μM DCMU, and 2 mM hydroxylamine, the rate of P700 oxidation was faster in the mutant. That difference disappeared when leaves were infiltrated with antimycin A to inhibit the PGR5-dependent route. Chlorophyll fluorescence (Fo) was also evaluated. To achieve an Fo level comparable to that of the WT, activation of the NDH-dependent route in the mutant required pre-illumination at a certain dose. Therefore, we propose that, as an alternate pathway for the photoprotection of photosystems in the absence of energy-dependent quenching, this PGR5-dependent route is more highly activated in the PsbS-KO mutants than in the WT. Moreover, that stronger activity is probably responsible for slower activation of the NDH-dependent route in the mutant.Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 10/2014; · 2.78 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The aim of this educational review is to provide practical information on the hardware, methodology, and the hands on application of chlorophyll (Chl) a fluorescence technology. We present the paper in a question and answer format like frequently asked questions. Although nearly all information on the application of Chl a fluorescence can be found in the literature, it is not always easily accessible. This paper is primarily aimed at scientists who have some experience with the application of Chl a fluorescence but are still in the process of discovering what it all means and how it can be used. Topics discussed are (among other things) the kind of information that can be obtained using different fluorescence techniques, the interpretation of Chl a fluorescence signals, specific applications of these techniques, and practical advice on different subjects, such as on the length of dark adaptation before measurement of the Chl a fluorescence transient. The paper also provides the physiological background for some of the applied procedures. It also serves as a source of reference for experienced scientists.Photosynthesis Research 08/2014; · 3.15 Impact Factor