Jan 15, 1976

Inhibitory effect of p-nitrothiophenol in the light on the photosystem II activity of spinach chloroplasts

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
Y KobayashiK Shibata

Abstract

The treatment of spinach chloroplasts with p-nitrothiophenol in the light at acidic and neutral pH'S caused specific inhibition of the Photosystem II activity, whereas the same treatment in the dark did not affect the activity at all. The photosystem I activity was not inhibited by p-nitrothiophenol both in the light and in the dark. The inhibition was accompanied by changes of fluorescence from chloroplasts. As observed at room temperature, the 685-nm band was lowered by the p-nitrothiophenol treatment in the light and, at liquid nitrogen temperature, the relative height of the 695-nm band to the 685-nm band increased and the 695-nm band shifted to longer wavelengths. The action spectra for these effects of p-nitrothiophenol on the activity and fluorescence showed a peak at 670 nm with a red drop at longer wavelengths. It was concluded that the light absorbed by Photosystem II is responsible for the chemical modification of chloroplasts with p-nitrothiopehnol to causing the specific inhibition of Photosystem II.

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Spinach preparation
Photophosphorylation
Sodium 2,6-Dichloroindophenol
Darkness
Spinacia oleracea
Chloroplasts
Fluorescence Spectroscopy
Spinach allergenic extract
Metabolic Inhibition
Spectrophotometry

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