Chemical oxidation and reduction of the O2-evolution center in Photosystem II

Chao Lin, Gary W Brudvig

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Abstract

Treatment of Photosystem II (PS II) with low concentrations of hydroxylamine is known to cause a two-flash delay in the O2-evolution pattern, and in the formation of the S2-state multiline EPR signal, due to the two-electron reduction of the S1-state by hydroxylamine to form the S-1-state. Past work has shown that these delays are not reversed by washing out the hydroxylamine nor by adding DCBQ or ferricyanide to oxidize the residual hydroxylamine, but are reversed by illumination with two saturating flashes followed by a 30-min dark incubation. We have examined the effects of treatments aimed at restoring the normal flash-induced O2-evolution pattern and S2-state multiline EPR signal after treatment of PS II with 40 μM hydroxylamine. In agreement with past work, we find that the two-flash delay in O2 evolution is not reversed when the hydroxylamine is removed by three cycles of centrifugation and resuspension in hydroxylamine-free buffer nor by adding ferricyanide or DCBQ to oxidize the unreacted hydroxylamine. However, the normal flash-induced O2-evolution pattern is restored by illumination with two saturating flashes followed by a 30-min dark incubation (after the sample was first treated with 40 μM hydroxylamine and the unreacted hydroxylamine was removed); illumination with one saturating flash followed by a 30-min dark incubation is only partially effective. These results show that ferricyanide and DCBQ are not effective at oxidizing the S-1-state to the S1-state. In contrast, adding hypochlorite (OCl-) after treatment with hydroxylamine restored the normal flash-induced O2-evolution pattern and also restored the formation of the S2-state multiline EPR signal by illumination at 200 K. We conclude that hypochlorite is capable of oxidizing the S-1-state to the S1-state. This is the first example of a chemical treatment that advances the delayed flash-induced O2 evolution pattern.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-448
Number of pages8
JournalPhotosynthesis Research
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1993

Keywords

  • hydroxylamine
  • hypochlorite
  • manganese
  • oxygen evolution
  • Photosystem II
  • S-states

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science

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