Changes in the energy distribution in mutant thylakoid membranes of pea with modified pigment content. II. Changes due to magnesium ions concentration
Low-temperature (77 K) steady-state chlorophyll fluorescence emission spectra, room temperature fluorescence and light scattering of thylakoid membranes isolated from pea mutants were studied as a function of Mg2+ concentration. The mutants have modified pigment content and altered structural organization of the pigment-protein complexes, distinct surface electric properties and functions. The analysis of the 77 K emission spectra revealed that Mg2+-depletion of the medium caused not only an increased energy flow toward photosystem I in all investigated membranes but also changes in the quenching of the fluorescence, most probably by internal conversion. The results indicated that the macroorganization of the photosynthetic apparatus of mutants at supramolecular level (distribution and segregation of two photosystems in thylakoid membranes) and at supermolecular level (stacking of photosystem II supercomplexes) required different Mg ion concentrations. The data confirmed that the segregation of photosystems and the stacking of thylakoid membranes are two distinct phenomena and elucidated some features of their mechanisms. The segregation is initiated by changes in the lateral microorganization of light harvesting complexes II, their migration (repulsion from photosystem I) and subsequent separation of the two photosystems. Most likely 3D aggregation and formation of macrodomains, containing only photosystem II antenna complexes, play a certain precursory role for the increasing degree of the membrane stacking and the energy coupling between the light harvesting complexes II and the core complexes of photosystem II in the frame of photosystem II supercomplexes.
Journal: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology - Volume 83, Issue 1, 3 April 2006, Pages 11–20