May 1, 1976

Removal of Mn from spinach chloroplasts by sodium cyanide and the binding of Mn2+ to Mn-depleted chloroplasts

European Journal of Biochemistry
M Takahashi, K Asada


Manganese and copper were released from spinach chloroplasts by NaCN-treatment, though iron was not affected. The Hill reaction activity was also inhibited by this treatment, but was partially recovered by the addition of either Mn2+ or Cu2+, but not of Fe3+. The interaction of Mn2+ with manganese-depleted chloroplasts by NaCN-treatment was studied using 54Mn2+. A Scatchard plot shows the high and low affinity binding sites of Mn2+ on NaCN-treated chloroplast membrane; high affinity binding being specific for NaCN-treated chloroplast with a binding constant, KH, of 1.9 X 10(5) M-1, and a maximum binding number, NH, of 0.0016 g-atom per mole of chlorophyll. The low binding site was also found on untreated chloroplasts; its binding constant, KL, being 1.2 X 10(4) M-1, and its maximum binding number, NL, of 0.0112 g-atom per mole oc chlorophyll at pH 8.2 NH was proportional to the degree of the removal of Mn by NaCN-treatment and was constant at pH 4--9. NL markedly increased at a high pH with a midpoint of pH 7.9 indicating the exposure of a new, similar binding site. Light illumination partially inhibited the binding of Mn2+. Within 1 min in the dark the binding reaction reached equilibrium in the absence of pyrophosphate, howev...Continue Reading

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Spinach preparation
Centrifugation, Density Gradient
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Spinacia oleracea

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