Transcellular delta -mu H+ in Valonia ventricosa and its effect on delayed fluorescence

M Gyenes
1987 General Physiology and Biophysics  
The possible effect of the illumination-induced transcellular H+-gradient between the central vacuole and the external medium, on both the intensity and the kinetics of delayed fluorescence was studied by measuring both the membrane potentials and H+ fluxes across the plasmatic membranes, and the millisecond component of delayed fluorescence in single cells of the marine alga Valonia ventricosa. The kinetics of the formation of transcellular delta -mu H+ was shown to correlate with the
more » ... e with the induction kinetics of the millisecond component of delayed fluorescence. Disturbances of transcellular delta -mu H+ by electrical breakdown of the cell or by acidification of the external medium resulted in a decrease of the steady-state level of the light emission and in a decline of the minute oscillations observed in intact cells. The possible involvement of the membrane connections between the chloroplasts and the plasmatic membranes in the formation of transcellular delta-mu H+ is discussed.
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