Resistance of Arabidopsis thaliana L. photosynthetic apparatus to UV-B is reduced by deficit of phytochromes B and A

Aleksandra Yu Khudyakova, Vladimir D. Kreslavski, Galina N. Shirshikova, Sergey K. Zharmukhamedov, Anatoly A. Kosobryukhov, Suleyman I. Allakhverdiev

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The photosynthetic responses of 25-day-old Arabidopsis phyA phyB double mutant (DM) compared with the wild type (WT) to UV-B radiation (1 W m− 2, 30 min) were investigated. UV-B irradiation led to reduction of photosystem 2 (PS-2) activity and the photosynthetic rate. In plants grown under both white and red light (λm - 660 nm) the reduction was greater in DM plants compared to the WT. Without UV-B irradiation a decrease in PS-2 activity was observed in DM grown under RL only. It is assumed that the lower content of UV-absorbing pigments and carotenoids observed in DM may be one of the reasons of reduced PS-2 resistance to UV-B. Higher decrease in activities under UV in DM plants grown under RL compared to DM plants grown under white light is likely due to the lack of activity of cryptochromes in plants grown under red light. Rates of post-stress recovery of photosynthetic activity of DM compared with WT plants under white and red light of low intensity were studied. Almost complete recovery of the activity was found which was not observed under dark conditions and in the presence of a protein synthesis inhibitor, chloramphenicol. It is assumed that phytochrome system participates in stress-protective mechanisms of the photosynthetic apparatus to UV-radiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-46
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Arabidopsis thaliana
  • Photosynthesis
  • Photosystem 2
  • Phytochrome A
  • Phytochrome B
  • Resistance to UV-B

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Biophysics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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