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Spectral Dependence of Photoregulation of Inorganic Nitrogen Metabolism in Chlamydomonas reinhardii1

Authors
  • María P. Azuara
  • Pedro J. Aparicio
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1985
Source
PMC
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Disciplines
  • Physics
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Abstract

The utilization of NO3− by green algae growing photoautotrophically under air, which are growth conditions close to their more habitual situations in nature, is associated with the excretion of NO2− and NH4+ to the culture medium. The entire process is promoted by blue light and depends on photosynthetically active radiation for the required reducing equivalents. The stimulation of NO3− utilization and of its associated NO2− and NH4+ excretions saturated at very low quantum fluxes of blue light (15 microequivalents per square meter per second) in Chlamydomonas reinhardii cells sparged with CO2-free air and irradiated with 50 microequivalents per square meter per second background red light. The wavelength dependence data of this stimulation correlated closely with the in situ photoactivation of nitrate reductase and also with the light induced increase in its biosynthesis and/or assembly.

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