Lapointe L, Huner NPA, Carpentier R, Ottander C
Resistance to Low-Temperature Photoinhibition Is Not Associated with Isolated Thylakoid Membranes of Winter Rye
Plant Physiology: 1991 97:804-810
In vivo measurements of chlorophyll a fluorescence indicate that cold-hardened winter rye (Secale cereale L. cv Musketeer) develops a resistance to low temperature-induced photoinhibition compared with nonhardened rye. After 7.2 hours at 5-degrees-C and 1550 micromoles per square meter per second, the ratio of variable fluorescence/maximum fluorescence was depressed by only 23% in cold-hardened rye compared with 46% in nonhardened rye. We have tested the hypothesis that the principal site of this resistance to photoinhibition resides at the level of rye thylakoid membranes. Thylakoids were isolated from cold-hardened and nonhardened rye and exposed to high irradiance (1000-2600 micromoles per square meter per second) at either 5 or 20-degrees-C. The photoinhibitory response measured by room temperature fluorescence induction, photosystem II electron transport, photoacoustic spectroscopy, or [C-14]atrazine binding indicates that the differential resistance to low temperature-induced photoinhibition in vivo is not observed in isolated thylakoids. Similar results were obtained whether isolated rye thylakoids were photoinhibited or thylakoids were isolated from rye leaves preexposed to a photoinhibitory treatment. Thus, we conclude that increased resistance to low temperature-induced photoinhibition is not a property of thylakoid membranes but is associated with a higher level of cellular organization.
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