A comparative study of reciprocal conversions of chlorophylls a and b (Chl aand Chl b) in etiolated and post-etiolated rye seedlings (Secale cereale L.) was performed. The production of these pigments was initiated by infiltration of exogenous chlorophyllides a and b (Chlide a and b). It was shown that Chlide b, when infiltrated into etiolated rye seedlings, was esterified, producing Chl b. A major portion of Chl b (more than 80%) was transformed into Chl aduring long-term seedling dark exposure. The high rate of Chl b conversion into Chl a in the pool of pigments of exogenous origin was also observed during the lag-phase when there was no chlorophyll formation from endogenous precursors. The infiltration of Chlide a resulted in Chl a formation. The efficiency of its conversion into Chl b was low (about 1%) in the etiolated seedlings but increased during their greening. In the post-etiolated seedlings infiltrated with Chlide b, which were preliminary illuminated for 6–12 h, the Chl /Chl a ratio was almost similar in the pools of pigments synthesized from both exogenous and endogenous precursors. The rates of direct and reverse reactions responsible for the interconversion of Chl aand Chl b depended on the stage of the formation of the photosynthetic apparatus during greening of etiolated seedlings, when the particular structural components are formed in a definite sequence.
Russian Journal of Plant Physiology – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 13, 2004
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