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Redox control of psbA expression in cyanobacteria Synechocystis strains

AutorAlfonso Lozano, Miguel ; Perewoska, I.; Constant, S.; Kirilovsky, D.
Palabras claveCyanobacteria
Gene expression
Redox control
Fecha de publicaciónfeb-1999
CitaciónJournal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology 48 (2-3): 104-113 (1999)
ResumenThe D1 reaction-centre protein of the Photosystem II complex is very sensitive to light. It is continuously damaged, degraded and synthesized. The respective rates of these three processes are regulated by the light intensity. The means by which light regulates the expression of the psbA gene encoding the D1 protein in cyanobacteria is still an open question. Our results demonstrate that photosynthetic electron transport has an important role in psbA expression in Synechocystis cells. Under steady illumination, addition of 3-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethyl- urea (DCMU) or 2,5-dibromo-3-methyl-6-isopropyl-benzoquinone (DBMIB) induces a transient activation of psbA transcription. Transcription of other photosynthetic genes like psaE and cpcBA, respectively encoding the PSA-E subunit of Photosystem I and the β and α subunits of phycocyanin, one of the components of the phycobilisome, decreases under the same experimental conditions. Prolonged incubation with DCMU (or DCMU + methyl-viologen) results in a progressive decrease of psbA transcription and an increased stability of the transcript. Our data point to a control mechanism that involves two different signals: accumulation of QA− specifically activates psbA transcription, whereas oxidation of the electron transfer chain downstream of photosystem II, most probably the plastoquinone pool and/or the cyt b6f, decreases the expression of psbA and that of other photosynthetic genes like psaE and cpcBA.
Descripción10 Pags.- 7 Figs.
Versión del editorhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1011-1344(99)00038-X
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