J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 1995, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (3): -.

• Research Articles •    

A Comparative Study on PSⅡ Light Harvesting Chlorophyll a/b Protein Complexes Between Spinach and Cucumber

Lou Shi-qing, Wang Ke-bin, Zhao Fu-hong, Xu Chun-hui and Kuang Ting-yun   

Abstract: PS Ⅱ light harvesting chlorophyll a/b protein complexes (LHC Ⅱ ) were isolated from chloroplast of spinach (Spinacia oleracea Mill. ) and cucumber (Cucumis sativus L. ). Comparative studies were made on the polymerized forms. Chl a/b ratio, spectral characteristics and polypeptide components of these two kinds of LHC Ⅱ. Experimental results showed that the LHC Ⅱ from spinach had a Chl a/b ratio of 1.33 and the LHC Ⅱ from cucumber had a Chl a/b ratio of 1.77. The spectral characteristics of the LHC Ⅱ from cucumber also indicated the enrichment of Chl b in this LHC Ⅱ . There was also obvious differences in the polypeptide components between these two kinds of LHC Ⅱ, the LHC Ⅱ of spinach contained a 27 kD and a 25 kD polypeptides, while the LHC Ⅱ of cucumber contained only a 27 kD polypeptide. This showed that the 25 kD polypeptide contained less Chl b. The analysis of the chlorophyll protein complexes showed that the monomer, dimer and trimer of the LHC Ⅱ of spinach were composed of two polypeptides, while all the polymerized forms of cucumber’s LHC Ⅱ were composed of one polypeptide.

Key words: PS Ⅱ light harvesting chlorophyll a/b protein complexes, Polypeptide component, Chlorophyll a/b ratio, Spinach, Cucumber

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