PMID: 109119May 9, 1979

A backflow of electrons around photosystem II in Chlorella cells

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
J SinclairS Garland


A study was made with a modulated oxygen electrode of the effect of variations of oxygen concentration on photosynthetic oxygen evolution from algal cells. When Chlorella vulgaris is examined with a modulated 650 nm light at 22 degrees C, both the oxygen yield and the phase lag between the modulated oxygen signal and the light modulations have virtually constant values between 800 and 120 ergs . cm-1 . s-1 if the bathing medium is in equilibrium with the air. Similar results are obtained at 32 degrees C between 1600 and 120 ergs . cm-2 . s-1. Under anaerobic conditions both the oxygen yield and the phase lag decrease if the light intensity is lowered below about 500 ergs . cm-2 . s-1 at 22 degrees C or about 1000 ergs . cm-2 . s-1 at 32 degrees C. A modulated 706 nm beam also gives rise to these phenomena but only at significantly lower rates of oxygen evolution. The cells of Anacystis nidulans and Porphyridium cruentum appear to react in the same way to anaerobic conditions as C. vulgaris. An examination of possible mechanisms to explain these results was performed using a computer simulation of photosynthetic electron transport. The simulation suggests that a backflow of electrons from a redox pool between the Photosystems to...Continue Reading


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