Red-light stimulation of prolamellar body recrystallization and thylakoid formation in barley etioplasts

D R Berry, H Smith
1971 Journal of Cell Science  
The etioplasts of fully dark-grown barley leaves exhibit a relatively low frequency of crystalline prolamellar bodies (ca. 16-20%). Brief red-light treatment leads to rapid disruption of all prolamellar bodies followed by a slow reformation in the subsequent dark period. When several red-light treatments are given with intervening 3-h dark periods, a marked increase in the proportion of crystalline prolamellar bodies is seen. It is suggested that this phenomenon may be associated with the
more » ... ration of protochlorophyll. Red-light pretreatment stimulates the formation of granal thylakoids upon subsequent transfer to continuous white light. This response is correlated with the phytochrome-mediated shortening of the lag phase in chlorophyll-synthesis under identical conditions. Regular arrays of hexagonal tubules 16-19 nm in diameter have been observed often in close juxtaposition to the newly forming thylakoid membranes. These may be aggregations of Fraction I protein, although their exact nature and function is at present Unknown.
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