Author(s): Okazaki Y
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Abstract Unilateral blue light irradiation induces bending of pulvini of Phaseolus vulgaris towards the source of light. The pulvinar bending is caused by a decrease in turgor pressure of motor cells that are irradiated with blue light. Decrease in the turgor pressure is caused by the net efflux of K(+) and counter anions, accompanying membrane depolarization. In the present study the effect of blue light on the activity of plasma membrane H(+)-ATPase was studied in relation to the membrane depolarization. The activity of the plasma membrane H(+)-ATPase was measured using protoplast suspensions prepared from laminar pulvini from primary leaves. A pulse of blue light under continuous red light irradiation induced both a transient increase in the external pH and transient inhibition of the vanadate-sensitive ATPase. Continuous blue light irradiation under continuous red light irradiation induced both a sustained increase in the external pH and sustained inhibition of the vanadate-sensitive ATPase. These results show that blue light inhibits the activity of the plasma membrane H(+)-ATPase. Inactivation of the plasma membrane H(+)-ATPase supports the membrane depolarization induced by the blue light irradiation.
This article was published in Plant Cell Physiol
and referenced in Journal of Proteomics & Bioinformatics