To Be or Not to Be — A Question of Plasma Membrane Redox?

  • Olaf Döring
  • Sabine Lüthje
  • Michael Böttger
Part of the Progress in Botany book series (BOTANY, volume 59)


At the beginning of the 1980s scientists working on plasma membrane (PM)-bound oxidoreductase (redox) activities had to go through thorough discussion in order to persuade their colleagues that electron transport at the PM of plants was no mere fiction but reality. Nowadays, the need to prove the sheer existence of the system(s) no longer exists; however, because the PM redox system of intact plants has, up till now, refused detection without electron acceptors that were added to the experimental solution, the most difficult of the old arguments of doubt still lingers on: What might such a system be good for? Today there are some answers to this question (Bienfait and Lüttge 1988; Crane et al. 1991a,b; Navas 1991; Rubinstein 1992; see also the complete issue of Protoplasma 184 (1–4), 1995); yet it appears that there are too many answers and no plain way to decide which one is right. In experiments with PM-redox activity an impermeant electron acceptor, e.g. ferricyanide, is almost always added to the experimental solution, and it is therefore not clear what the system would do, if anything, without such a treatment.


Nitrate Reductase Nitrate Reductase Activity Electron Transport System NADH Oxidase Plant Plasma Membrane 
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  • Olaf Döring
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  • Michael Böttger
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  1. 1.Institut für Allgemeine BotanikUniversität HamburgHamburgGermany

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