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Limitation in Electron Transfer in Photosystem I Donor Side Mutants of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii: lethal photo-oxidative damage in high light is overcome in a suppressor strain deficient in the assembly of the light harvesting complex

Published inJournal of Biological Chemistry, vol. 275, no. 8, p. 5852-5859
Publication date2000
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Strains of Chlamydomonas reinhardtiilacking the PsaF gene or containing the mutation K23Q within the N-terminal part of PsaF are sensitive to high light (>400 μE m⁻² s⁻¹) under aerobic conditions.In vitro experiments indicate that the sensitivity to high light of the isolated photosystem I (PSI) complex from wild type and from PsaF mutants is similar. In vivo measurements of photochemical quenching and oxygen evolution show that impairment of the donor side of PSI in the PsaF mutants leads to a diminished linear electron transfer and/or a decrease of photosystem II (PSII) activity in high light. Thermoluminescence measurements indicate that the PSII reaction center is directly affected under photo-oxidative stress when the rate of electron transfer becomes limiting in the PsaF-deficient strain and in the PsaF mutant K23Q. We have isolated a high light-resistant PsaF-deficient suppressor strain that has a high chlorophyll a/b ratio and is affected in the assembly of light-harvesting complex. These results indicate that under high light a functionally intact donor side of PSI is essential for protection of C. reinhardtii against photo-oxidative damage when the photosystems are properly connected to their light-harvesting antennae.

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HIPPLER, Michael et al. Limitation in Electron Transfer in Photosystem I Donor Side Mutants of <i>Chlamydomonas reinhardtii</i>: lethal photo-oxidative damage in high light is overcome in a suppressor strain deficient in the assembly of the light harvesting complex. In: Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2000, vol. 275, n° 8, p. 5852–5859. doi: 10.1074/jbc.275.8.5852
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