Feb 16, 1976

Primary reactions of photosystem II at low pH. I. Prompt and delayed fluorescence

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
H J Van GorkomG A Den Haan


Prompt and delayed chlorophyll fluorescence have been studied in broken spinach chloroplasts at pH values down to 2.6. No direct effect of low pH on the primary charge separation in Photosystem II was observed. The irreversible inactivation of a secondary electron donor in a narrow pH range around pH 4.5 was demonstrated. At lower pH values the photooxidized form of a more primary electron donor, revealed by its efficient fluorescence quenching, was reduced with a half time of about 200 mus, 25% by another electron donor and 75% by back reaction with the reduced acceptor. The electron donation had a half time of 800 mus and was practically irreversible. The back reaction had a pH dependent half time: about 270 mus at pH 4 and increasing towards lower pH. The competition of both reactions resulted in a net efficiency of the charge separation at pH 4 of 25%, increasing towards lower pH.

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Spinach preparation
Sodium Dithionite
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Primary Charge Separation in Photosystem II
Fluorescence Spectroscopy
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