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See detailStudies on the O-J-I-P transient of chlorophyll fluorescence in relation to photosystem II assembly and heterogeneity in plastids of greening barley
Barthelemy, X.; Popovic, R.; Franck, Fabrice ULg

in Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B : Biology (1997), 39(3), 213-218

The polyphasic variable fluorescence in saturating light (O-J-I-P transient, Strasser et al. (1995) Photochem. Photobiol. 61: 21-42) has been investigated in etiochloroplasts during the greening of ... [more ▼]

The polyphasic variable fluorescence in saturating light (O-J-I-P transient, Strasser et al. (1995) Photochem. Photobiol. 61: 21-42) has been investigated in etiochloroplasts during the greening of etiolated leaves of Hordeum vulgare. The initial photochemical phase (O-J) due to reduction of the primary quinone acceptor Q(A) was found to represent a constant proportion (65-70%) of total variable fluorescence independent of greening time. The partial fluorescence quenching in the Q(A)-reduced state seems, therefore, to represent a basic property of PSII electron transport. The biphasic character of the slower J-I-P transient due to reduction of the plastoquinone pool developed progressively during the first hours of greening. in the same period of lime the proportion and rate constant of rapid PSII alpha sub-population increased, as calculated from the induction curve in the presence of DCMU. Etiochloroplasts or chloroplasts resuspended in low salt medium showed a low I level, which was restored upon readdition of 5 mM MgCl2 and NaCl. Salts also increased the apparent proportion of PSII alpha. These results suggest that the J-I and I-P phases of the induction curve are related to different rates of plastoquinone photoreduction by two distinct PSII populations. The effects of DMQ and of DCBQ on the O-J-I-P transient were also studied in (etio-)chloroplasts, In addition to the already reported quenching of the initial (F-0) and variable fluorescence by DCBQ, a slow fluorescence increase phase was found to appear upon the addition of DCBQ but not of DMQ. The latter observations confirm that DCBQ differs from DMQ by its higher efficiency as PSII electron acceptor. (C) 1997 Elsevier Science S.A. [less ▲]

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See detailRoom temperature fluorescence spectra of protochlorophyllide and chlorophyllide forms in etiolated bean leaves
Boddi, B.; Franck, Fabrice ULg

in Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B : Biology (1997), 41(1-2), 73-82

Room-temperature fluorescence emission and excitation spectra of 3-day or 10-day old dark-grown bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L. cv Commodore) leaves were measured. The excitation light was defocused in such ... [more ▼]

Room-temperature fluorescence emission and excitation spectra of 3-day or 10-day old dark-grown bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L. cv Commodore) leaves were measured. The excitation light was defocused in such way that only a low rate of phototransformation took place and protochlorophyllide (Pchlide) forms could be detected. The spectra were resolved into gaussian components using a new method based on the comparison of the 4th derivative of the experimental spectrum and that of the calculated spectrum, i.e. the sum of the gaussians. In addition to Pchlide emission bands with maxima at 631, 644, 655 and 667 nm which correspond to those described earlier in 77 K spectra, two new and unusally narrow bands were found at 637 and 650 nm. Tn the Chlide region, emission bands were found at 676, 682, 686 and 695 nm. Changes in the relative amplitudes of the Pchlide and Chlide room temperature emission bands as a function of age, of excitation wavelength and in response to a short light flash were studied. A model is given in which dynamic interconversions of the pigment forms are suggested and the presence of the new forms is explained with the differences in the aggregational states of the pigments and with their interaction with NADPH or NADP(+). (C) 1997 Elsevier Science S.A. [less ▲]

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See detailFormation of long-wavelength chlorophyllide (Chlide695) is required for the assembly of Photosystem II in etiolated barley leaves
Franck, Fabrice ULg; Eullaffroy, P.; Popovic, R.

in Photosynthesis Research (1997), 51(2), 107-118

Chlorophyll(ide) spectroscopic properties and Photosystem II assembly, monitored by 77 K variable fluorescence, were studied in etiolated barley leaves as a function of the extent of protochlorophyllide ... [more ▼]

Chlorophyll(ide) spectroscopic properties and Photosystem II assembly, monitored by 77 K variable fluorescence, were studied in etiolated barley leaves as a function of the extent of protochlorophyllide photoreduction by a single millisecond light flash of different intensities. Variable fluorescence, measured 2 hours after the flash, was only detected when the extent of phototransformation was higher than a threshold value of 0.4. Its development paralleled the formation of a chlorophyll emission component at 685 nm, which itself derived from long-wavelength chlorophyllide with an emission maximum at 695 nm. At low flash intensities, short-wavelength chlorophyllide forms preferentially accumulated and no Photosystem II fluorescence was detected after 2 hours. Chlorophyllide esterification was independent of the extent of phototransformation. These results suggested that the formation of long-wavelength chlorophyllide was essential for further assembly of Photosystem II. This interpretation was strengthened by the observed inhibition of both long-wavelength chlorophyllide formation and of variable fluorescence development in leaves treated with 6-aminolevulinic acid or in untreated leaves subjected to repeated flashes of low intensity. [less ▲]

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See detailThe early stages of photosystem II assembly monitored by measurements of fluorescence lifetime, fluorescence induction and isoelectric focusing of chlorophyll-proteins in barley etiochloroplasts
MysliwaKurdziel, B.; Barthelemy, X.; Strzalka, K. et al

in Plant & Cell Physiology (1997), 38(11), 1187-1196

The relationship between functional and structural aspects of PSII formation during greening of etiolated barley leaves has been investigated using fluorescence life-time measurements, fluorescence ... [more ▼]

The relationship between functional and structural aspects of PSII formation during greening of etiolated barley leaves has been investigated using fluorescence life-time measurements, fluorescence kinetics analysis and analysis of chlorophyll-protein complexes by IEF-PAGE, Two phases of different character could be distinguished in the course of the greening process in dark-grown plants, An early phase covering the first 3-4 h after the onset of illumination and a late phase covering the subsequent greening, During the first phase the formation of PSII reaction centers and their minor antenna components was observed as manifested by the IEF-PAGE polypeptide pattern, This was accompanied by shortening of the slow and middle components of the fluorescence lifetime, as well as by the rapid drop in the amplitude of the slow component, A room temperature emission band at 676 nm was associated with uncoupled chlorophyll and with the slow fluorescence lifetime component during the first hours of greening. During the late greening phase peripheral light-harvesting complexes of PSII were formed concomitantly to an increase in lifetime and amplitude of the fast component and to a further decrease in the lifetime of the middle component, The gradual increase in PSII complexity during both phases of greening was also manifested by changes in proportion and kinetic properties of PSIIalpha and PSIIbeta units. Similar changes in fluorescence lifetime components as in the late greening of dark-grown plants were also observed in intermittent-light plants during continuous greening associated with the development of PSII antenna. The relationships between fluorescence lifetime characteristics and development of PSII are discussed in terms of a stepwise mechanism invoving a first step of Chl integration into small size PSII units followed by progressive increase of antenna size. [less ▲]

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See detailChlorophyll synthesis in relation to the assembly of photosystems
Franck, Fabrice ULg; Schoefs, Benoît

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (1996), 65(4-5), 269-278

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See detailChanges in nitrogen source modify distribution of excitation energy in the cyanobacterium Phormidium laminosum
deAlda, JAGO; Tapia, M. I.; Franck, Fabrice ULg et al

in Physiologia Plantarum (1996), 97(1), 69-78

In an attempt to clarify the interactions between the available nitrogen source and the photosystems in cyanobacteria, O-2 exchange and fluorescence emission were monitored in spheroplasts and intact ... [more ▼]

In an attempt to clarify the interactions between the available nitrogen source and the photosystems in cyanobacteria, O-2 exchange and fluorescence emission were monitored in spheroplasts and intact cells of the non N-2-fixing cyanobacterium Phormidium laminosum (strain OH-1-p.Cl-1) growing on different nitrogen sources or in the absence of nitrogen. Short-term (time scale of seconds to minutes), NH4+ addition to NO3--growing or N-starved cells and, to a minor extent, NO3- addition to N-starved cells, induced state 2 transitions both in light and dark. Long term (time scale of days), the fluorescence yield of PSI relative to that of PSII at 77 K was higher in NO3-- than in NH4-+ growing cells, and even higher in N-starved cells. In the dark, the plastoquinone pool was more reduced in NH4-+ than in NO3--growing cells. Both PSII and PSI activities and the degree of linking between both photosystems were affected in the long term, so that non-cyclic electron transport decreased in parallel to the ferredoxin requirement to assimilate each nitrogen source. Results indicate that nitrogen metabolism exerts short- and long-term control over the photosynthetic apparatus, which acclimates to the energy requirement of the available nitrogen source. [less ▲]

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See detailProtection of native chlorophyll(ide) forms ans of photosystem II against photodamage during early stages of chloroplast differentiation
Franck, Fabrice ULg; Schoefs, B.; Barthélemy, X. et al

in Acta Physiologiae Plantarum (1995), 17

The resistance of chlorophyllide to intense light and the integration of chlorophyll to photosystems have been studied during the early stages of the greening process in etiolated bean or barley leaves ... [more ▼]

The resistance of chlorophyllide to intense light and the integration of chlorophyll to photosystems have been studied during the early stages of the greening process in etiolated bean or barley leaves. The possible role of NADPH-protochlorophyllide-oxidoreductase in chlorophyllide protection is discussed on the basis of chlorophyllide absorbance data during photodegradation and of chlorophyllide fluorescence lifetime measurements. Free chlorophyll during continuous greening was evaluated through fluorescence spectroscopy and fluorescence lifetime measurements in isolated etiochloroplasts. Its relative amount was maximum after 2 hours and decreased rapidly to a low level in parallel to photosystem II variable fluorescence development. Photosystem II mediated electron transport was compared in etiochloroplasts from flashed leaves before or after photoactivation of the water-splitting system. The effects of exogenous quinones on rapid fluorescence transients suggest the occurrence of a cyclic electron flow in water-splitting deficient photosystem II. [less ▲]

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See detailTemperature dependence of chlorophyll(ide) spectral shifts and photoactive protochlorophyllide regeneration after flash in etiolated barley leaves
Eullaffroy; Salvetat; Franck, Fabrice ULg et al

in Photochemistry & Photobiology (1995), 62(4), 751-756

Absorbance spectroscopy at 77 K was used to investigate the effect of temperature on in vivo chlorophyllide shifts and photoactive protochlorophyllide regeneration after a saturating flash, which ... [more ▼]

Absorbance spectroscopy at 77 K was used to investigate the effect of temperature on in vivo chlorophyllide shifts and photoactive protochlorophyllide regeneration after a saturating flash, which transformed all protochlorophyllide to chorophyllide. Photoactive protochlorophyllide present in darkness was stable up to 40 degrees C. The rate of Shibata shift and protochlorophyllide regeneration after flash were strongly temperature dependent in the range 0-25 degrees C. At 0 degrees C, the shift was still observed but no regeneration occurred. Only slight effects were observed in the range 25-40 degrees C. At all temperatures, the process of protochlorophyllide regeneration was significantly slower than the Shibata shift. The final chlorophyll shift from 672 to 674 nm was observed up to 40 degrees C. The implication of these results concerning the pigment-protein interactions during the Shibata shift are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailOPTICAL MULTICHANNEL ANALYSIS OF PROTOCHLOROPHYLLIDE PHOTOTRANSFORMATION IN DETERGENT-SOLUBILIZED ETIOPLAST MEMBRANES OF WHEAT
Franck, Fabrice ULg; OUAZZANI, M. A.; DUJARDIN, E. et al

in Zeitschrift Fur Naturforschung C-A Journal Of Biosciences (1994), 49(1-2), 125-131

Extracts of wheat etioplast membranes obtained after treatment with 7 mM n-octyl-beta-D-glucopyranoside (OG), n-dodecyl-beta-D-maltoside (DM) or Triton X-100 contained the three spectral forms of Pchlide ... [more ▼]

Extracts of wheat etioplast membranes obtained after treatment with 7 mM n-octyl-beta-D-glucopyranoside (OG), n-dodecyl-beta-D-maltoside (DM) or Triton X-100 contained the three spectral forms of Pchlide (the photoactive Pchlide(638) and Pchlide(638) and the inactive Pchlide(650)) in various relative amounds. The OG extract had a Pchlide composition close to that of the intact membranes whereas the DM extract was enriched in Pchlide(638) and the Triton extract was enriched in Pchlide(630). Measurements of the kinetics of phototransformation and of time-resolved absorbance spectra during phototransformation in continuous Light shows that the inactive Pchlide(630) is in fact slowly transformed to Chlide, especially in the Triton extract where this form is more abundant. Addition of NADPH favours the phototransformation of Pchlide(630) and the slow regeneration of Pchlide(638) and Pchlide(650) from Pchlide(630) in darkness after illumination. No such regeneration was however observed in the Triton extract. NADPH had only slight effects on the Chlide shift towards shorter wavelengths after phototransformation in solubilized membranes. [less ▲]

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See detailON THE FORMATION OF PHOTOSYSTEM-II CHLOROPHYLL PROTEINS AFTER A SHORT LIGHT FLASH IN ETIOLATED BARLEY LEAVES, AS MONITORED BY INVIVO FLUORESCENCE SPECTROSCOPY
Franck, Fabrice ULg

in Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B : Biology (1993), 18(1), 35-40

The biogenesis of photosystem II (PSII) was investigated using 77 K fluorescence spectroscopy in etiolated barley leaves subjected to a millisecond flash which reduced all protochlorophyllide (Pchlide ... [more ▼]

The biogenesis of photosystem II (PSII) was investigated using 77 K fluorescence spectroscopy in etiolated barley leaves subjected to a millisecond flash which reduced all protochlorophyllide (Pchlide) into chlorophyllide (Chlide). In darkness after the flash, a slow chlorophyll (Chl) band shift from 682 to 684 nm was associated with the development of PSII variable fluorescence. Two Chl fluorescence bands at 678 and 687 nm were formed during the shift, the 687 nm band corresponding to the spectrum of the PSII variable fluorescence. The development of PSII fluorescence was inhibited by chloramphenicol and enhanced by cyclobeximide, suggesting a competition between plastid- and nucleus-encoded proteins for Chl binding. [less ▲]

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See detailPhotosynthetic activities during early assembly of thylakoid membranes
Franck, Fabrice ULg

in Sundqvist, C.; Ryberg, M. (Eds.) Pigment-protein complexes in plastids: synthesis and assembly (1993)

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See detailPHOTOREDUCTION OF PROTOCHLOROPHYLLIDE TO CHLOROPHYLLIDE IN 2-D-OLD DARK-GROWN BEAN (PHASEOLUS-VULGARIS CV COMMODORE) LEAVES - COMPARISON WITH 10-D-OLD DARK-GROWN (ETIOLATED) LEAVES
SCHOEFS, B.; Franck, Fabrice ULg

in Journal of Experimental Botany (1993), 44(263), 1053-1057

Two-d-old leaves which do not contain prolamellar bodies synthesize active protochlorophyllide in darkness. When protochlorophyllide is photoreduced by one intense white flash, a main chlorophyllide ... [more ▼]

Two-d-old leaves which do not contain prolamellar bodies synthesize active protochlorophyllide in darkness. When protochlorophyllide is photoreduced by one intense white flash, a main chlorophyllide species emitting at 690 nm is formed. After the photoreduction, the emission maximum is shifted to 675 nm within 5 s. This result suggests that in young leaves, chlorophyllide formed after one flash is quickly released from the active site of NADPH: protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase. This interpretation is strenghtened by time-resolved fluorescence measurements at room temperature, showing that 675 nm emitting chlorophyllide does not transfer excitation energy to the 696 nm emitting chlorophyllide which is formed in very low amount. In 10-d-old bean leaves, the 690 nm chlorophyllide emitting species formed after one short flash undergoes the well-known rapid and Shibata spectral shifts. The 675 nm emitting chlorophyllide appears only as a shoulder. At both ages, the fluorescence intensity of the active protochlorophyllide strongly decreases during and after photoreduction, suggesting rapid modifications in the close environment of the pigment. [less ▲]

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See detailPREFERENTIAL DEACTIVATION OF THE S(3) STATE OF THE WATER-OXIDIZING COMPLEX, FAVORED BY PLASTOQUINONE REDUCTION IN BARLEY CHLOROPLASTS
Franck, Fabrice ULg; SCHMID, G. H.

in Zeitschrift Fur Naturforschung C-A Journal Of Biosciences (1993), 48(7-8), 603-608

The flash patterns of oxygen evolution after pre-illumination by continuous light or by a flash sequence were compared in etiochloroplasts and mature chloroplasts of barley. In both types of plastids sub ... [more ▼]

The flash patterns of oxygen evolution after pre-illumination by continuous light or by a flash sequence were compared in etiochloroplasts and mature chloroplasts of barley. In both types of plastids sub-saturating continuous illumination of some seconds strongly affected the S3 but not the S2 state of the oxygen-evolving complex. This result is ascribed to efficient charge recombination of S3 with the acceptor side of photosystem II, favoured by partial reduction of the plastoquinone pool. The increase of S3 observed in the presence of dichlorophenolindophenol in etiochloroplasts confirms this interpretation. These observations strengthen the recent hypothesis of a conformational change during the transition from S2 to S3 recently proposed to interpret the different susceptibility of these two states to hydroxylamine and hydrazine (F. Frank and G. H. Schmid, Biochim. Biophys. Acta 977, 215-218 (1989); J. Messinger, U. Wacker, and G. Renger, Biochemistry 30,7852-7862 (1991)). [less ▲]

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See detailSpectroscopic characterization of protochlorophyllide photoreduction in the greening leaf
Franck, Fabrice ULg; Barthélemy, X.; Strzalka, K.

in Photosynthetica (1993), 29(2), 185-194

Room temperature absorbance and 77 K fluorescence measurements were used in order to identify Pchlide and Chlide spectral forms involved in protochlorophyllide photoreduction in greening leaves of barley ... [more ▼]

Room temperature absorbance and 77 K fluorescence measurements were used in order to identify Pchlide and Chlide spectral forms involved in protochlorophyllide photoreduction in greening leaves of barley. Pchlide(650) (the subscript refers to the in vivo absorbance maximum of the pigment) is the main photoactive Pchlide throughout the first 8 h of greening. Its photoreduction triggers a succession of Chl(ide) spectral forms that are identical to those normally found after photoreduction in unirradiated leaves. After an actinic radiation pulse, Chlide(684) appears within 2 s from an intermediate at shorter wavelength and is transformed to Chlide(672) in less than 2 min. The time-scale of the shifts is remarkably shorter than in unirradiated leaves, which is consistent with the acceleration of Chi accumulation during greening. Pchlide(630) and Pchlide(640) act as precursors of Pchlide(650) during its regeneration, which exhibits a marked inhibition at temperatures above 30 degrees C. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of the Photoactive Protochlorophyllide-Protein Complex in the Light During the Greening of Barley
Franck, Fabrice ULg; Strzalka, K.

in FEBS Letters (1992), 309(1), 73-7

A photoactive protochlorophyllide-protein complex with absorbance and fluorescence maxima at 648 and 653 nm was detected in greening barley leaves without any re-darkening. The variations of the ... [more ▼]

A photoactive protochlorophyllide-protein complex with absorbance and fluorescence maxima at 648 and 653 nm was detected in greening barley leaves without any re-darkening. The variations of the amplitudes of the absorbance and the fluorescence of the photoactive protochlorophyllide with greening time at two different light intensities indicate a close relationship between the rate of chlorophyll synthesis and the amount of the complex during the first hours. The chlorophyllide resulting from photoreduction during greening has an absorbance maximum at 684 nm, which shifts towards a shorter wavelength within a few seconds, indicating rapid liberation of the pigment from the enzyme. We conclude that chlorophyll accumulation proceeds through continuous regeneration and phototransformation of the photoactive complex. [less ▲]

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See detailPHOTOREDUCTION OF PROTOCHLOROPHYLLIDE IN DARK-GROWN BEAN COTYLEDONS AS A FUNCTION OF AGE
SCHOEFS, B.; Bertrand, Marie-Christine ULg; Garnir, Henri-Pierre ULg et al

in Murata, N (Ed.) Research in Photosynthesis (1992)

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See detailComparison of the O2-evolving complexes of oscillatoria chalybea with that of different greening stages of higher plant chloroplasts: an amperometric and mass spectrometric study
Bader, K. P.; Franck, Fabrice ULg; Schmid, G. H.

in Argyroudi-Akoyunoglou, J. H. (Ed.) Regulation of Chloroplast Biogenesis (1992)

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See detailPlant greening - Biogenesis of photosynthetic apparatus in bean leaves irradiated shortly after germination
Schoefs, B.; Bertrand, M.; Franck, Fabrice ULg

in Photosynthetica (1992), 27(4), 497-504

Formation of the photosynthetic apparatus in dark-grown 2-day-old bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) leaves was studied. The photosystem 2 (PS 2) reaction centres started functioning 1 h after the beginning of ... [more ▼]

Formation of the photosynthetic apparatus in dark-grown 2-day-old bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) leaves was studied. The photosystem 2 (PS 2) reaction centres started functioning 1 h after the beginning of irradiation. Electron transport between the two photosystems started after 4 h of irradiation. The PS 2 units were able to transfer the excitation energy to each other after 10 h of greening. The photosynthetic activity appeared a long time before the typical 77 K fluorescence bands of green leaves appeared. [less ▲]

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See detailQUENCHING OF A ROOM-TEMPERATURE FLUORESCENCE BAND AT 693-NM DURING PHOTOACTIVATION OF THE WATER-SPLITTING SYSTEM OF PHOTOSYSTEM-II IN FLASHED BARLEY LEAVES
Franck, Fabrice ULg; Dujardin, E.

in Photosynthesis Research (1992), 31(1), 41-47

The modifications of the room temperature fluorescence spectrum during the photoactivation of the water-splitting system by continuous illumination were investigated in flashed barley leaves. A blue shift ... [more ▼]

The modifications of the room temperature fluorescence spectrum during the photoactivation of the water-splitting system by continuous illumination were investigated in flashed barley leaves. A blue shift of the chlorophyll fluorescence band was detected during the first 2 min of illumination. During this shift, a decrease of the fluorescence intensity around 693 nm could be demonstrated in difference spectra and in second derivative spectra. This decrease is interpreted as a quenching of PS II fluorescence during the photoactivation. A relative fluorescence increase around 672 nm also occurred during the same period and is thought to reflect rapid light-induced chlorophyll formation. The flashed leaves contained small amounts of photoactive photochlorophyllide which could be removed by a short flash of intense white light given before continuous illumination. The fact that such flash had only weak effect on the 693 nm fluorescence decrease, whereas it strongly reduced the amplitude of the 672 nm fluorescence increase, favours the above interpretations. [less ▲]

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See detailPhotosystem II assembly in 2-day-old bean leaves during the first 16 hrs. of greening
Schoefs, Benoît; Franck, Fabrice ULg

in Comptes Rendus de l'Académie des Sciences. Série III, Sciences de la Vie (1991), 313(10), 441-445

We have studied the assembly of the photosynthetic apparatus during the greening of 2-day-old bean leaves in continuous white light by using fluorimetric methods. We have recorded 77 and 298 K ... [more ▼]

We have studied the assembly of the photosynthetic apparatus during the greening of 2-day-old bean leaves in continuous white light by using fluorimetric methods. We have recorded 77 and 298 K fluorescence kinetics at 690 nm in order to detect electron flow through the photosystem II reaction centre (RC(II)) at increasing greening periods. In those experiments, the 77 K fluorescence spectra were also considered. Charge separation is detected 1 hr. after the onset of the illumination. Room temperature fluorescence variation showing the << O-I-P >> phases are detected after 4 hrs. of illumination. Typical fluorescence bands at 688, 697 and 735 nm appear after 14 hrs. of illumination. [less ▲]

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