Diethyldithiocarbamate, a New Photosystem I Electron Donor of Mehler-Type Hill Reactions

Brad L. Upham, Kriton K. Hatzios
1986 Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C - A Journal of Biosciences  
Diethyldithiocarbamate (DEDTC) does not accept electrons from the photosynthetic electron transport (PET) but can donate electrons to a photosystem I (PSI) Mehler reaction in the pres­ence of the following PET inhibitors: DCMU. DBMIB, and bathophenanthroline. It cannot photoreduce PSI in the presence of cyanide, a PET inhibitor. These data indicate that the site of electron donation is after the plastoquinone pool. Ascorbate is not required for the ability of DEDTC to donate electrons to PSI.
more » ... electrons to PSI. There is no photoreductant activity by DEDTC inferredoxin/NADP Hill reactions. Superoxide dismutase inhibits DEDTC/DCMU or bathophenanthroline→methylviologen/O2 Mehler reaction. Catalase does not recover the consumed O2 from a DEDTC/DCMU→methylviologen/O2 Mehler reaction, indicating O2- has not been dismutating into H2O2. These results indicate that superoxide is required for DEDTC ability to donate electrons, therefore DEDTC is limited only to Mehler-type reactions.
doi:10.1515/znc-1986-9-1011 fatcat:4645z3v2hbhxroqvlzkga7n3jy