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J Photochem Photobiol B. 2011 Jul-Aug;104(1-2):271-84. doi: 10.1016/j.jphotobiol.2011.01.003. Epub 2011 Jan 9.

Photosystem II fluorescence lifetime imaging in avocado leaves: contributions of the lutein-epoxide and violaxanthin cycles to fluorescence quenching.

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Institut für Pflanzenwissenschaften (IBG-2), Forschungszentrum Jülich, 52425 Jülich, Germany.


Lifetime-resolved imaging measurements of chlorophyll a fluorescence were made on leaves of avocado plants to study whether rapidly reversible ΔpH-dependent (transthylakoid H(+) concentration gradient) thermal energy dissipation (qE) and slowly reversible ΔpH-independent fluorescence quenching (qI) are modulated by lutein-epoxide and violaxanthin cycles operating in parallel. Under normal conditions (without inhibitors), analysis of the chlorophyll a fluorescence lifetime data revealed two major lifetime pools (1.5 and 0.5 ns) for photosystem II during the ΔpH build-up under illumination. Formation of the 0.5-ns pool upon illumination was correlated with dark-retention of antheraxanthin and photo-converted lutein in leaves. Interconversion between the 1.5- and 0.5-ns lifetime pools took place during the slow part of the chlorophyll a fluorescence transient: first from 1.5 ns to 0.5 ns in the P-to-S phase, then back from 0.5 ns to 1.5 ns in the S-to-M phase. When linear electron transport and the resulting ΔpH build-up were inhibited by treatment with 3-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethylurea (DCMU), the major fluorescence intensity was due to a 2.2-ns lifetime pool with a minor faster contribution of approximately 0.7 ns. In the presence of DCMU, neither the intensity nor the lifetimes of fluorescence were affected by antheraxanthin and photo-converted lutein. Thus, we conclude that both antheraxanthin and photo-converted lutein are able to enhance ΔpH-dependent qE processes that are associated with the 0.5-ns lifetime pool. However, unlike zeaxanthin, retention of antheraxanthin and photo-converted lutein may not by itself stabilize quenching or cause qI.

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