, Volume 56, Issue 1, pp 418–426 | Cite as

Response of photosynthetic apparatus in Arabidopsis thaliana L. mutant deficient in phytochrome A and B to UV-B

  • V. D. Kreslavski
  • A. N. Shmarev
  • V. Yu. Lyubimov
  • G. A. Semenova
  • S. K. Zharmukhamedov
  • G. N. Shirshikova
  • A. Yu. Khudyakova
  • S. I. Allakhverdiev


The effects of UV-B radiation (1 W m–2, 1 and 2 h) on PSII activity, chloroplast structure, and H2O2 contents in leaves of 26-d-old Arabidopsis thaliana phyA phyB double mutant (DMut) compared with the wild type (WT) were investigated. UV-B decreased PSII activity and affected the H2O2 content in WT and DMut plants grown under white light (WL). The chloroplast structure changes in DMut plants exposed to UV were more significant than that in WT. Reductions in maximal and real quantum photochemical yields and increase in the value of thermal dissipation of absorbed light energy per PSII RC and the amount of QB-nonreducing centers of PSII were bigger in mutant compared to WT plants grown both under WL and red light. Such difference in action of UV-B on WT and DMut can be explained by higher content of UV-absorbing pigments and carotenoids in WT leaves compared with DMut.

Additional key words

chloroplast structure fluorescence of Chl a photosystem II phytochrome mutants stress ultraviolet 





phytochrome A, phytochrome B mutant


far-red light


active form of phytochrome


photosynthetic apparatus




reaction center


red light


reactive oxygen species


white light


wild type


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. D. Kreslavski
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. N. Shmarev
    • 1
  • V. Yu. Lyubimov
    • 1
  • G. A. Semenova
    • 3
  • S. K. Zharmukhamedov
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. N. Shirshikova
    • 1
  • A. Yu. Khudyakova
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. I. Allakhverdiev
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Institute of Basic Biological ProblemsRussian Academy of SciencesPushchino, Moscow RegionRussia
  2. 2.Controlled Photobiosynthesis Laboratory, Institute of Plant PhysiologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Institute of Theoretical and Experimental BiophysicsRussian Academy of SciencesPushchino, Moscow RegionRussia
  4. 4.Department of Plant PhysiologyFaculty of Biology, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  5. 5.Institute of Molecular Biology and BiotechnologyAzerbaijan National Academy of SciencesBakuAzerbaijan
  6. 6.Moscow Institute of Physics and TechnologyDolgoprudny, Moscow RegionRussia

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