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FEBS Lett. 2010 Jan 4;584(1):199-202. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2009.11.057.

Succinate dehydrogenase in Arabidopsis thaliana is regulated by light via phytochrome A.

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Department of Biochemistry and Cell Physiology, Voronezh State University, Voronezh, Russia.


The effect of light on succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) activity and mRNA content was studied in Arabidopsis thaliana plants. The transition from darkness to light caused a short transient increase in the SDH activity followed by a decrease to a half of the original activity. The white or red light were found to be down-regulating factors for the mRNA content of the sdh1-2 and sdh2-3 genes and SDH catalytic activity both in A. thaliana wild-type plants and in the mutant deficient in the phytochrome B gene, but not in the mutant deficient in the phytochrome A gene, while the far-red light of 730 nm reversed the red light effect. It is concluded that phytochrome A participates in the regulation of mitochondrial respiration through effect on SDH expression.

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