Inhibition of chlorophyll biosynthesis by mercury in excised etiolated maize leaf segments during greening: effect of 2-oxoglutarate

Meeta Jain, Rekha Gadre
2004 Indian journal of experimental biology  
Mercury (0.01-1.0 mM) inhibited chlorophyll formation in greening maize leaf segments. However, supplementing incubation medium with 2-oxoglutarate, maintained substantially higher level of chlorophyll in absence of metal after an initial period of 8 hr. On preincubation of leaf segments with HgCl2, per cent inhibition of chlorophyll synthesis by metal was same in the presence and absence of 2-oxoglutarate. Supply of 2-oxoglutarate (0.1-10.0 mM) exerted concentration dependent effect on
more » ... t effect on chlorophyll formation in absence or presence of metal. Increase in delta-amino levulinic acid dehydratase as well as NADH-glutamate synthase activity and decrease in NADH-glutamate dehydrogenase activity by 2-oxoglutarate in the presence of Hg suggested that glutamate for delta-amino levulinic acid synthesis could be made available from NH4+ assimilation via., glutamine synthetase/glutamate synthase pathway during mercury toxicity.
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