Changes in the activity and the polypeptide composition of the oxygen-evolving complex in photosystem II of tobacco leaves infected with cucumber mosaic virus strain Y.

Abstract

The amount of 22- and 23-kDa polypeptides in a 23-kDa protein family, which plays a regulatory role in photosynthetic oxygen evolution, decreased significantly during the progress of appearance of chlorotic spots in cucumber mosaic virus strain Y (CMV[Y])-inoculated tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum 'Ky57') leaves (Plant Mol. Biol. 16:689-698, 1991). The present study was conducted to determine if the amount of other polypeptides of the oxygen-evolving complex and the oxygen-evolving activity also decreased in CMV(Y)-inoculated tobacco leaves. The amount of a 33-kDa polypeptide, which is essential to oxygen evolution, did not decrease in CMV(Y)-inoculated leaves showing early symptoms, although the amount of 22- and 23-kDa polypeptides began to decrease. However, comparative analysis of electron transport in thylakoid membranes indicated that the oxygen-evolving activity in CMV(Y)-inoculated tobacco leaves was only partly reduced, compared with the activity in CMV(O)-inoculated tobacco leaves which did not show clear symptoms. Partial inhibition of the oxygen-evolving activity, by a differential decrease in the amount of polypeptides of the oxygen-evolving complex, seems to be associated with the primary molecular process of symptom expression in CMV(Y)-inoculated tobacco leaves.

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@article{Takahashi1992ChangesIT, title={Changes in the activity and the polypeptide composition of the oxygen-evolving complex in photosystem II of tobacco leaves infected with cucumber mosaic virus strain Y.}, author={Hiroki Takahashi and Yukikazu Ehara}, journal={Molecular plant-microbe interactions : MPMI}, year={1992}, volume={5 3}, pages={269-72} }