Immunodetection and photostability of NADPH-protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase in Pinus pinea L.

Keli Ou*, Nicolle Packer, Heather Adamson

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Antibody against the light-dependent NADPH-protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase of oat was used to detect a protein of the same molecular weight in cotyledons of 40-day-old dark-grown seedlings of Pinus pinea L. Exposure of the seedlings to light resulted in a rapid decrease in protochlorophyllide content without the concomitant decrease in 38 kDa protein which is observed on transfer of dark-grown angiosperm seedlings to light. The stability of the light-dependent NADPH-protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase in pine in the absence of accumulated substrate is consistent with either (1) a different mechanism of regulation of chlorophyll synthesis in gymnosperms or (2) a higher proportion of stable extra-plastidic protein reacting with the antibody to the light-dependent NADPH-protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase than is the case in angiosperms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-94
Number of pages6
JournalPhotosynthesis Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1990


  • dark-grown
  • gymnosperm
  • light-grown
  • NADPH-protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase
  • Pinus pinea
  • protochlorophyllide


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