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Bulletin of Botanical Research ›› 2018, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (1): 75-80.doi: 10.7525/j.issn.1673-5102.2018.01.009

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Protective Effects of Alternative Respiratory Pathway on Photosystem Ⅱ in Phaseolus vulgaris under CuCl2 Stress

XIE Jia-Jia, LU Li-Na, SHI Dai-Long, WANG Qing-Wen, JIA Ling-Yun, FENG Han-Qing   

  1. College of Life Science, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070
  • Received:2017-04-05 Online:2018-01-15 Published:2018-01-06
  • Supported by:
    The National Natural Science Foundation of China(31560070);The Fundamental Research Funds for the Gansu Universities;Gansu Provincial Department of Financeand Gansu University Research Project;Northwest Normal University Innovation Team Project

Abstract: With “Nongpu” No.12 bean seedling leaves(Phaseolus vulgaris L.), we used the AOX inhibitor salicylhydroxamic acid(1 mmol·L-1; SHAM) to inhibit AOX activity in vivo, and studied the protective effects of alternative respiratory pathway on the photosystem Ⅱ under the CuCl2 stress. The treatment with CuCl2 caused a significant decrease in the ratio of Fv/Fm(the potential maximal photochemical efficiency of PSⅡ), Fv'/Fm'(the maximum quantum efficiency of PSⅡ photochemistry at illumination), Y(Ⅱ)(effective photochemical quantum yield of PSⅡ photosynthetic), qP(photochemical quenching coefficient), and the chlorophyll content, but the levels of NPQ(non-photochemical quenching) and the capacity of the alternative respiratory pathway were significantly increased. Compared with the bean seedling under CuCl2 stress, the CuCl2-stressed bean seedling pretreated with inhibitor of alternative respiratory(salicylhydroxamic acid) had lower levels of Fv/Fm, Fv'/Fm', Y(Ⅱ), qP and chlorophyll content, and higher levels of NPQ. These observations suggest that under the CuCl2 stress, the alternative respiratory pathway can protect the photosystem Ⅱ of the bean leaves from CuCl2 stress by alleviating the decrease of the photochemical efficiency of PSⅡ, maintaining the proportion of open PSⅡ centres, reducing the heat dissipation of the antenna pigment and chlorophyll content disruption.

Key words: alternative respiratory pathway, CuCl2 stress, Phaseolus vulgaris L., chlorophyll fluorescence

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