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Title: Effect of mercury ion on the stability of the lipid-protein complex of isolated chloroplasts
Authors: Panda, Sunakar
Panda, Sumita
Keywords: Mercury toxicity
Chloroplast
Reactive oxygen species
Photosynthetic assembly
Issue Date: Oct-2009
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: Mercury is known to interact with different parts of living systems causing serious biochemical and physiological disorder. In order to know the effect of mercury (Hg2+) ion on chloroplasts, the cell free organelle are incubated in an isotonic buffer medium in presence of mercury ion. The metal ion is found to induce membrane lipid peroxidation, loss of photosynthetic pigments and degradation of proteins. Such degradation brings about a drastic modification of lipid-protein organization of chloroplasts as reflected from a blue shift of absorption peaks and lowering of chlorophyll-a fluorescence intensity. The detrimental effect of Hg2+ ion has been explained in terms of direct binding with lipid-protein complex of photosynthetic membrane. Such a binding of metal ion exposes the lipid-protein complex for an easier entry and attack of reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated during incubation of chloroplasts in light and dark, thereby resulting in higher disorganization, which is evident from cation- induced changes in absorption and emission characteristics of the organelle.
Page(s): 405-408
ISSN: 0975-0959 (Online); 0301-1208 (Print)
Source:IJBB Vol.46(5) [October 2009]

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