Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 84, Issue 1–3, pp 1–7 | Cite as

Inhibition of the repair of Photosystem II by oxidative stress in cyanobacteria

  • Yoshitaka NishiyamaEmail author
  • Suleyman I. Allakhverdiev
  • Norio Murata


The activity of Photosystem II (PS II) is severely restricted by a variety of environmental factors and, under environmental stress, is determined by the balance between the rate of damage to PS II and the rate of the repair of damaged PS II. The effects of oxidative stress on damage and repair can be examined separately, and it appears that, while light can damage PS II directly, oxidative stress acts primarily by inhibiting the repair of PS II. Studies in cyanobacteria have demonstrated that oxidative stress suppresses the de novo synthesis of proteins, in particular, the D1 protein, which is required for the repair of PS II.


oxidative stress photodamage Photosystem II repair 







primary electron donor in PS II


Photosystem II


the primary electron acceptor of PS II


the secondary electron acceptor of PS II


reactive oxygen species


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshitaka Nishiyama
    • 1
    Email author
  • Suleyman I. Allakhverdiev
    • 2
    • 3
  • Norio Murata
    • 3
  1. 1.Cell-Free Science and Technology Research Center and Satellite Venture Business LaboratoryEhime UniversityBunkyo-choJapan
  2. 2.Institute of Basic Biological ProblemsRussian Academy of SciencesPushchinoRussia
  3. 3.Department of Regulation BiologyNational Institute for Basic BiologyOkazakiJapan

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