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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Effects of magnesium and chloride ions on light-induced electron transport in membrane fragments from a blue-green alga.

The effects of magnesium and chloride ions on photosynthetic electron transport were investigated in membrane fragments of a blue-green alga, Nostoc muscorum (Strain 7119), noted for their stability and high rates of electron transport from water or reduced dichlorophenolindophenol to NADP+. Magnesium ions were required not only for light-induced electron transport from water to NADP+ but also for protection in the dark of the integrity of the water-photooxidizing system ( Photosystem II). Membrane fragments suspended in the dark in a medium lacking Mg2+ lost the capacity to photoreduce NADP+ with water on subsequent illumination. Chloride ions could substitute, but less effectively, for each of these two effects of Chloride ions could substitute, but less effectively, for each of these two effects of magnesium ions. By contrast, the photoreduction of NADP+ by DCIPH2 was independent of Mg2+ (or Cl-) for the protection of the electron transport system in the dark or during the light reaction proper. Furthermore, high concentration of MgGl2 produced a strong inhibition of NADP+ photoreduction with DCIPH2 without significantly affecting the rate of NADP+ photoreduction with water. The implications of these findings for the differential involvement of Photosystem I and Photosystem II in the photoreduction of NADP+ with different electron donors are discussed.[1]


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