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Dynamics of electron transfer within and between PS II reaction center complexes indicated by the light-saturation curve of in vivo variable chlorophyll fluorescence emission

Published inPhotosynthesis Research, vol. 31, no. 2, p. 149-156
Publication date1992
Abstract

The dynamics of light-induced closure of the PS II reaction centers was studied in intact, dark-adapted leaves by measuring the light-irradiance (I) dependence of the relative variable chlorophyll fluorescence V which is the ratio between the amplitude of the variable fluorescence induced by a pulse of actinic light and the maximal variable fluorescence amplitude obtained with an intense, supersaturating light pulse. It is shown that the light-saturation curve of V is a hyperbola of order n. The experimental values of n ranged from around 0.75 to around 2, depending on the plant material and the environmental conditions. A simple theoretical analysis confirmed this hyperbolic relationship between V and I and suggested that n could represent the apparent number of photons necessary to close one reaction center. Thus, experimental conditions leading to n values higher than 1 could indicate that, from a macroscopic viewpoint, more than one photon is necessary to close one PS II center, possibly due to changes in the relative concentrations of the different redox states of the PS II reaction center complexes at the quasi-steady state induced by the actinic light. On the other hand, the existence of environmental conditions resulting in n noticeably lower than 1 suggests the possibility of an electron flow between PS II reaction center complexes.

Keywords
  • Chlorophyll fluorescence
  • Photosystem II
  • Reaction center
  • Environmental conditions
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HAVAUX, Michel, STRASSER, Reto. Dynamics of electron transfer within and between PS II reaction center complexes indicated by the light-saturation curve of in vivo variable chlorophyll fluorescence emission. In: Photosynthesis Research, 1992, vol. 31, n° 2, p. 149–156. doi: 10.1007/BF00028791
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