Relationship between O2 evolution capacity and cytochrome b-559 high-potential form in Photosystem II particles

Jean Marie Briantais, Claudie Vernotte, Mitsue Miyao, Norio Murata, Martine Picaud

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As previously shown for inside-out vesicles by Larsson et al. (Larsson, C., Jansson, C., Ljungberg, U.L., Åkerlund, H.E. and Anderson, B. (1984) in Advances in Photosynthesis Research, Vol. I, pp. 363-366 (Sybesma C., ed.), Martinus Nijhoff/Dr. W. Junk Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands), we observed that NaCl 1 M washing of Photosystem II particles prepared by Triton X-100 treatment of spinach thylakoids induces both an inactivation of oxygen evolution and transformation of cytochrome b-559 from its high-potential to its low-potential form. A partial reactivation of water oxidation by 24 kDa polypeptide refixation is accompanied by a partial restoration of the cytochrome b-559 high-potential (HP) form. In contrast, reconstitution of water splitting by Ca2+ addition is not associated to a reestablishment of the cytochrome (HP) form. We conclude that cytochrome b-559 HP plays no role in water oxidation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-351
Number of pages4
JournalBBA - Bioenergetics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1985 Jul 17
Externally publishedYes


  • (Spinach chloroplast)
  • Cytochrome b-559
  • Oxygen evolution
  • Photosystem II
  • Water splitting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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