Christer Sundqvist

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The biosynthesis of chlorophyll is a strictly light-dependent multistep process in higher plants. The light-dependent step is catalysed by NADPH:protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase (POR, EC., which reduces protochlorophyllide (Pchlide) to chlorophyllide (Chlide). POR is nucleus-encoded and post-translationally imported into plastids. It has been(More)
The prolamellar body (PLB) proteome of dark-grown wheat leaves was characterized. PLBs are formed not only in etioplasts but also in chloroplasts in young developing leaves during the night, yet their function is not fully understood. Highly purified PLBs were prepared from 7-day-old dark-grown leaves and identified by their spectral properties as revealed(More)
Monogalactosyldiacylglycerol (MGDG) is the major lipid constituent of chloroplast membranes and has been proposed to act directly in several important plastidic processes, particularly during photosynthesis. In this study, the effect of MGDG deficiency, as observed in the monogalactosyldiacylglycerol synthase1-1 (mgd1-1) mutant, on chloroplast protein(More)
High salinity causes ion imbalance and osmotic stress in plants. Leaf sections from 8-d-old dark-grown wheat (Triticum aestivum cv. Giza 168) were exposed to high salt stress (600 mM) and the native arrangements of plastid pigments together with the ultrastructure of the plastids were studied using low-temperature fluorescence spectroscopy and transmission(More)
Leaf discs of four dicotyledonous species, when incubated at temperatures of 4 to 18 degrees C (optimum at 12 degrees C) for 30 or 60 minutes, responded by accumulations of membranes in the chloroplast stroma in the space between the inner membrane of the envelope and the thylakoids. The accumulated membranes, here referred to as the low temperature(More)
The NADPH-protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase (pchlide reductase, EC is the major protein in the prolamellar bodies (PLBs) of etioplasts, where it catalyzes the light-dependent reduction of protochlorophyllide to chlorophyllide during chlorophyll synthesis in higher plants. The suborganellar location in chloroplasts of light-grown plants is less(More)
NADPH:protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase (POR) catalyzes the light-dependent reduction of protochlorophyllide (pchlide) to chlorophyllide (chlide) in the biosynthesis of chlorophyll. POR is a peripheral membrane protein that accumulates to high levels in the prolamellar bodies of vascular plant etioplasts and is present at low levels in the thylakoid(More)
In vitro chloroplast import reactions and thylakoid association reactions have been performed with a series of C-terminal deletions and Cys-to-Ser substitution mutants of the pea NADPH:protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase (POR; EC 1.6.99). C-terminal deletions of the precursor POR (Delta362-400, Delta338-400, Delta315-400 and Delta300-400) were efficiently(More)
Cuttings of grapevine (Vitis vinifera L. cv. Chardonnay) were dark-forced at least three weeks. Pigment contents, 77 K fluorescence emission, excitation spectra of the leaves, petioles, stems, transmission electron micrographs of the etioplasts from leaves, the chlorenchyma tissues of the stems were analysed. The dark-grown leaves, stems contained 8 to 10,(More)
A substance P-hydrolyzing endopeptidase has been purified from a large quantity of human cerebrospinal fluid by ion exchange chromatography (DEAE-Sepharose CL-6B) and molecular sieving (Sephadex G-100 and Sephacryl S-200). The purification was monitored by measuring the conversion of synthetic substance P using a radioimmunoassay specific for its (1-7)(More)