Beata Myśliwa-Kurdziel

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The molecular background of Hg (2+)-induced inhibition of protochlorophyllide (Pchlide) photoreduction was investigated in homogenates of dark-grown wheat leaves. Our earlier work showed that 15 min incubation with 10 (-2) M Hg (2+) completely inhibits the activity of NADPH : Pchlide oxidoreductase ( ). Detailed analysis of spectra recorded at 10 K(More)
Photoactive Pchlide-POR-NADPH complexes were reconstituted using protochlorophyllide (Pchlide) and recombinant light-dependent protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase (POR) proteins, His₆-PORA, His₆-PORB and His₆-PORC, from Arabidopsis thaliana. We did not observe any differences in the kinetics of the protochlorophyllide photoreduction at room temperature among(More)
Prolamellar bodies (PLBs) isolated from etiolated wheat seedlings were studied with the use of atomic force microscopy (AFM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and fluorescence spectroscopy. With AFM, PLBs were seen as spherical structures about 1-2μm in diameter, more elastic than mica and poly-l-lysine substrate. TEM analyses confirmed that PLBs of(More)
Dark-grown leaves of maize (Zea mays), wheat (Triticum aestivum), wild-type pea (Pisum sativum) and its light-independent photomorphogenesis mutant (lip1) have different proportions of protochlorophyllide (Pchlide) forms as revealed by low-temperature fluorescence emission spectra. Four discrete spectral forms of Pchlide, with emission peaks around 633,(More)
This Current Topic focuses on light-dependent protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase (POR, EC POR catalyzes the penultimate reaction of chlorophyll biosynthesis, i.e., the light-triggered reduction of protochlorophyllide to chlorophyllide. In this reaction, the chlorin ring of the chlorophyll molecule is formed, which is crucial for photosynthesis.(More)
Amphotericin B (AmB) is a life-saving polyene antibiotic used to treat deep-seated mycotic infections. Both the mode of therapeutic action as well as toxic side effects are directly dependent on molecular organization of the drug. Binding of AmB to lipid monolayers formed with dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine, pure and containing 40 mol% cholesterol or(More)
Recently cationic porphyrin-peptide conjugates were synthesized to enhance the cellular uptake of porphyrins or deliver the peptide moiety to the close vicinity of nucleic acids. DNA binding of such compounds was not systematically studied yet. We synthesized two new porphyrin-tetrapeptide conjugates which can be considered as a typical monomer unit(More)
In this work, absorption and fluorescence spectra of protochlorophyllide (Pchlide), as well as its fluorescence lifetime, were investigated in organic solvents having different physical properties. The obtained Pchlide spectral features are discussed in relation to the parameters describing solvent properties (refractive index and dielectric constant) and(More)
Absorption and fluorescence properties of protochlorophyllide (Pchlide) monomers and aggregates in various model systems are presented in this study. The absorption and fluorescence maxima, and fluorescence lifetimes of Pchlide monomers were not dependent on liposome composition. Fluorescence quenching experiments using KI and SASLs as fluorescence(More)
Phytol, a C20 alcohol esterifying the C-17(3) propionate, and Mg2+ ion chelated in the central cavity, are conservative structural constituents of chlorophylls. To evaluate their intramolecular structural effects we prepared a series of metal- and phytyl-free derivatives of bacteriochlorophyll a and applied them as model chlorophylls. A detailed(More)