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J Photochem Photobiol B. 2001 Nov 1;64(1):69-74.

Light regulation of cyclic-AMP levels in the red macroalga Porphyra leucosticta.

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  • 1Departamento de Ecología, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Málaga, Málaga, Spain.


Total cyclic-3'-5'-adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) levels were measured in the gametophyte of the red macroalga Porphyra leucosticta under different light conditions in order to study its regulation by phytochrome or photosynthesis. cAMP levels were relatively low when samples were incubated in darkness, or exposed to red or far-red light. Irradiation with red+far-red light induced a moderate increase in cAMP levels, while white light induced a pronounced increase in cAMP levels. When incubated under increasing white light irradiance, cAMP levels closely followed the increase in photosynthetic oxygen evolution rate, suggesting a direct relationship between photosynthesis and cAMP accumulation. cAMP levels were not dependent on cellular ATP concentration, as inhibitors of ATP synthesis did not significantly affect cAMP levels in light. We conclude that cAMP depends on photosynthetic activity regardless of ATP synthesis and concentration or phytochrome activity.

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