Photochromic pigments in akinetes and pigment characteristics of akinetes in comparison with vegetative cells of Anabaena-Variabilis
- Molecular Cell Biology
The complete photosynthetic pigment systems were also studied by in vivo fluorescence measurements on both akinetes and vegetative cells of Anabaena variabilis. Fluorescence emission and excitation spectra at selected emission wavelengths were measured at room temperature and liquid nitrogen temperature. The energy transfer from phycoerythrocyanin to phycocyanin is very efficient under all conditions, as is the energy transfer from phycocyanin to allophycocyanin at room temperature. At low temperature, however, phycocyanin is partly decoupled from allophycocyanin, particularly in the akinetes; the energy transfer from allophycocyanin to chlorophyll a is less efficient at low temperature in both types of cells, but especially in akinetes. Delayed light emission was measured for both types of cells and found to be very weak in akinetes compared to vegetative cells. From this study it would seem that akinetes lack an active photosystem II, although the 691 nm peak in the 570 nm excited low temperature fluorescence emission spectrum proves the presence of photosystem II chlorophyll, and also its energetic connection to the phycobilisomes.
- Biological Sciences
- ISSN: 0031-9317