Photoacclimation of photosystem II photochemistry induced by rose Bengal and methyl viologen in Nannochloropsis oceanica

Avraham Ben-Sheleg, Avigad Vonshak

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The photosynthetic apparatus is a major reactive oxygen species (ROS) proliferator, especially in high-light environments. The role of ROS in photoinhibition and photoacclimation mechanisms has been extensively explored, primarily in model plant species. However, little work has been performed on the topic in non-Archaeplastida organisms, such as the model heterokont species Nannochloropsis oceanica. To investigate the photoacclimation and damaging impact of singlet oxygen and superoxide anions on the photosynthetic apparatus of N. oceanica, we subjected cells to two doses of methyl viologen and rose bengal. Significant findings: Rose bengal (a singlet-oxygen photosensitizer) induced changes to the photosynthetic apparatus and PSII photochemistry mirroring high-light-acclimated cells, suggesting that singlet-oxygen signaling plays a role in the high-light acclimation of PSII. We further suggest that this singlet-oxygen pathway is mediated outside the plastid, given that rose bengal caused no detectable damage to the photosynthetic apparatus. Methyl viologen (a superoxide-anion sensitizer) induced an enhanced non-photochemical quenching response, similar to what occurs in high-light-acclimated cells. We propose that superoxide anions produced inside the plastid help regulate the high-light acclimation of photoprotective pathways. Graphical abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2205-2215
Number of pages11
JournalPhotochemical and Photobiological Sciences
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2022


  • Nannochloropsis
  • Photosynthesis
  • ROS
  • Singlet oxygen
  • Superoxide anion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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