Induction events and short-term regulation of electron transport in chloroplasts: An overview

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Regulation of photosynthetic electron transport at different levels of structural and functional organization of photosynthetic apparatus provides efficient performance of oxygenic photosynthesis in plants. This review begins with a brief overview of the chloroplast electron transport chain. Then two noninvasive biophysical methods (measurements of slow induction of chlorophyll a fluorescence and EPR signals of oxidized P700 centers) are exemplified to illustrate the possibility of monitoring induction events in chloroplasts in vivo and in situ. Induction events in chloroplasts are considered and briefly discussed in the context of short-term mechanisms of the following regulatory processes: (i) pH-dependent control of the intersystem electron transport; (ii) the light-induced activation of the Calvin-Benson cycle; (iii) optimization of electron transport due to fitting alternative pathways of electron flow and partitioning light energy between photosystems I and II; and (iv) the light-induced remodeling of photosynthetic apparatus and thylakoid membranes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-94
Number of pages30
JournalPhotosynthesis Research
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 17 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Chloroplasts
  • Induction events
  • Photosynthesis
  • Regulation of photosynthetic electron transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology

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