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Light-induced responses of oxygen photoreduction, reactive oxygen species production and scavenging in two diatom species

Waring, J and Klenell, M and Bechtold, U and Underwood, GJC and Baker, NR (2010) 'Light-induced responses of oxygen photoreduction, reactive oxygen species production and scavenging in two diatom species.' Journal of Phycology, 46 (6). 1206 - 1217. ISSN 0022-3646

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Diatoms are frequently exposed to high light (HL) levels, which can result in photoinhibition and damage to PSII. Many microalgae can photoreduce oxygen using the Mehler reaction driven by PSI, which could protect PSII. The ability of Nitzschia epithemioides Grunow and Thalassiosira pseudonana Hasle et Heimdal grown at 50 and 300 μmol photons · m-2 · s-1 to photoreduce oxygen was examined by mass spectrometric measurements of 18O2. Both species exhibited significant rates of oxygen photoreduction at saturating light levels, with cells grown in HL exhibiting higher rates. HL-grown T. pseudonana had maximum rates of oxygen photoreduction five times greater than N. epithemoides, with 49% of electrons transported through PSII being used to reduce oxygen. Exposure to excess light (1,000 μmol photons · m-2 · s-1) produced similar decreases in the operating quantum efficiency of PSII (Fq'/Fm') of low light (LL)- and HL-grown N. epithemoides, whereas HL-grown T. pseudonana exhibited much smaller decreases in Fq'/Fm' than LL-grown cells. HL-grown T. pseudonana and N. epithemioides exhibited greater superoxide and hydrogen peroxide production, higher activities (in T. pseudonana) of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and ascorbate peroxidase (APX), and increased expression of three SOD- and one APX-encoding genes after 60 min of excess light compared to LL-grown cells. These responses provide a mechanism that contributes to the photoprotection of PSII against photodamage. © 2010 Phycological Society of America.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Life Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2011 14:54
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2021 17:15

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