Monitoring electron transfer by photoacoustic spectroscopy in native and immobilized thylakoid membranes

Robert Carpentier, Roger M. Leblanc, Murielle Mimeault

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Abstract

Photoacoustic spectroscopy was used to monitor photosynthetic electron transfer in native and immobilized thylakoid membranes. The photoacoustic parameter PHI prime //r (the percentage of absorbed energy that is stored in photochemical intermediates) and i//5//0 (the half-saturation modulated light intensity) were directly correlated to electron transfer rates. As previously shown, thylakoids immobilized in an albumin-glutaraldehyde matrix were more resistant to aging. The inhibitory effects of the immobilization procedure and of aging at 4 degree C were detected as a decrease in i//5//0 values. In analogy with enzyme kinetic analysis, the effect could be characterized as a competitive type of inhibition. Photoacoustic measurements are performed in conditions similar to a working bioreactor cell with regard to the sample preparation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-67
Number of pages4
JournalBiotechnology and Bioengineering
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 20 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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