Imaging of NPQ and ROS Formation in Tobacco Leaves: Heat Inactivation of the Water-Water Cycle Prevents Down-Regulation of PSII

E. Hideg, P. B. Kos, U. Schreiber
2008 Plant and Cell Physiology  
Non-photochemical chlorophyll fluorescence quenching (NPQ) plays a major role in the protection of the photosynthetic apparatus against damage by excess light, which is closely linked to the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). The effect of a short heat treatment on NPQ and ROS production was studied with detached tobacco leaves by fluorescence imaging of chlorophyll and of the ROS sensor dye HO-1889NH. NPQ was stimulated 3-fold by 3 min pre-treatment at 448C, in parallel with
more » ... on of CO 2 uptake, while no ROS formation could be detected. In contrast, after 3 min pre-treatment at 468C, NPQ was suppressed and ROS formation was indicated by quenching of HO-1889NH fluorescence. After 3 min pretreatment at 468C and above, partial inactivation of ascorbate peroxidase and light-driven accumulation of H 2 O 2 was also observed. These data are discussed as evidence for a decisive role of the Mehler ascorbate peroxidase or water-water cycle in the formation of the NPQ that reflects down-regulation of PSII.
doi:10.1093/pcp/pcn170 pmid:18987066 fatcat:d5v2m2fnhrbm3izqmxymyzqz6u