During steady-state photosynthesis in low-light, 830-nm absorption (A 830) by leaves was close to that in darkness in Arabidopsis, indicating that the primary donor P700 in the reaction center of photosystem I (PSI) was in reduced form. However, P700 was not fully oxidized by a saturating light pulse, suggesting the presence of a population of PSI centers with reduced P700 that remains thermodynamically stable during the application of the saturating light pulse (i.e., reduced-inactive P700). To substantiate this, the effects of methyl viologen (MV) and far-red light on P700 oxidation by the saturating light pulse were analyzed, and the cumulative effects of repetitive application of the saturating light pulse on photosynthesis were analyzed using a mutant crr2-2 with impaired PSI cyclic electron flow. We concluded that the reduced-inactive P700 in low-light as revealed by saturating light pulse indicates limitations of electron flow at the PSI acceptor side.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Plant Science
- Cell Biology