[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The maximum chlorophyll fluorescence lifetime in isolated photosystem II (PSII) light-harvesting complex (LHCII) antenna is 4 ns; however, it is quenched to 2 ns in intact thylakoid membranes when PSII reaction centers (RCIIs) are closed (Fm). It has been proposed that the closed state of RCIIs is responsible for the quenching. We investigated this proposal using a new, to our knowledge, model system in which the concentration of RCIIs was highly reduced within the thylakoid membrane. The system was developed in Arabidopsis thaliana plants under long-term treatment with lincomycin, a chloroplast protein synthesis inhibitor. The treatment led to 1), a decreased concentration of RCIIs to 10% of the control level and, interestingly, an increased antenna component; 2), an average reduction in the yield of photochemistry to 0.2; and 3), an increased nonphotochemical chlorophyll fluorescence quenching (NPQ). Despite these changes, the average fluorescence lifetimes measured in Fm and Fm' (with NPQ) states were nearly identical to those obtained from the control. A 77 K fluorescence spectrum analysis of treated PSII membranes showed the typical features of preaggregation of LHCII, indicating that the state of LHCII antenna in the dark-adapted photosynthetic membrane is sufficient to determine the 2 ns Fm lifetime. Therefore, we conclude that the closed RCs do not cause quenching of excitation in the PSII antenna, and play no role in the formation of NPQ.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Chloroplast protein CYP38 is a cyclophilin-like peptidyl-prolyl cis-trans isomerase involved in photosystem II (PSII) assembly. It also serves as a regulator of thylakoid protein phosphatase. In this work the efficiency of PSII in CYP38 deficient Arabidopsis thaliana M13 plants has been analyzed by measuring in vivo chlorophyll a (Chl a) fluorescence transient (OJIP test). Significant differences in overall photosynthetic performance (PIABS), absorption (ABS/RC), trapping (TRo/RC), electron transport (ETo/RC), and dissipation (DIo/RC) were observed between A. thaliana M13 and the wild type (WT) plants. Increased Chl a and Chl b levels, as well as decreased Chl a/Chl b ratio were measured in M13 plants, indicating the adjustment of PSII antenna for increasing light absorption capability. Based on the obtained results, it can be concluded that the deficiency in CYP38 protein leads to impaired function of PSII due to the conversion of a certain fraction of active reaction centres to dissipative ones. This leads to a decrease in overall photosynthetic performance (PIABS) in M13 plants. Such effect was due to lowering of TRo/DIo parameter, which was influenced mostly by significant increases in energy dissipation (DIo/RC) and in trapping of electrons (TRo/RC) per active reaction centre.