Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 77, Issue 1, pp 83–91 | Cite as

Effects of lanthanum and calcium on photoelectron transport activity and the related protein complexes in chloroplast of cucumber leaves

  • Fuli Zeng
  • Yi An
  • Li Ren
  • Ruwen Deng
  • Mingfeng Zhang


The effects of lanthanum and calcium ions on electron transport, dichlorephenol indophenol (DCIP) photoreduction, and oxygen evolution activities in chloroplast from cucumber (Cucumis satives L.) were determined. The lanthanum inhibited the whole electron chain-transport activity of chloroplast. DCIP photoreduction and oxygen evolution activities of the photosystem I (PSII) also decrease after treatment with La3+. But the diminished activities of PSII and chloroplast caused by La3+ could be reversed by Ca2+ and even became higher than the control level. The concentration analysis of related protein complexes to photoelectron transport in chloroplast included that La3+ induced the concentration of chlorophyll protein complexes increasing but caused some nonchlorophyll protein complexes to decompose partially. This increasing effect of La3+ on chlorophyll protein complexes results in the improvement of chlorophyll content, which will improve the absorption of photoelectron and energy transport in the process of photosynthesis.

Index Entries

Lanthanum calcium photoelectron transport chloroplast photosystem protein complexes cucumber 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fuli Zeng
    • 1
  • Yi An
    • 2
  • Li Ren
    • 1
  • Ruwen Deng
    • 2
  • Mingfeng Zhang
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyLanzhou UniversityLanzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryLanzhou UniversityLanzhouChina

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