ABSTRACT: Photosystem I (PSI) is severely damaged by chilling at 4 degrees C in low light, especially in the chilling sensitive plant cucumber. To investigate the early events in PSI photoinhibition, we examined structural changes in the level of pigment-protein complexes in cucumber leaves in comparison with pea leaves. The complexes were separated on a native green gel and an increase in the intensity of a band was observed only in light-chilled cucumber leaves. The 77 K fluorescence emission spectrum of this green band indicated that the band was mainly composed of PSI with light-harvesting complex I. Each lane was cut from the green gel and separated on a fully denaturing SDS-PAGE in the second dimension. The new green gel band observed after light-chilling in cucumber leaves lacked 19, 18, and 16.5 kDa polypeptides. These results suggest that light-chilling facilitates the release of three peripheral polypeptides as an early event of chilling stress in vivo, which results in the inactivation of PSI in intact cucumber leaves.
Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences 05/2009; 8(4):535-41. · 2.58 Impact Factor