Using pH microelectrodes and a Micro-scopy PAM (pulse-amplitude modulated) chlorophyll fluorometer, it is shown that a propagation of an action potential in Chara corallina leads to transient suppression of spatially periodic pH profiles along the illuminated cell. The suppression was manifested as a large pH decrease in the alkaline zones and a slight pH increase in the acid zones. The propagating action potential diminished the maximum yield of chlorophyll fluorescence (Fm′) in the alkaline cell regions, as well as the quantum yield of photosystem II photochemistry, without affecting Fm′ in the acid cell regions. The results indicate an interference of membrane excitation in the mechanisms responsible for pH banding patterns in Characean algae. Apparently, the electrical excitation of the plasma membrane in the alkaline cell regions initiates a pathway that can modulate membrane events at the thylakoid membrane.
The Journal of Membrane Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Jan 1, 2004
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