Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 90, Issue 3, pp 215–222 | Cite as

Oxygen and light effects on the expression of the photosynthetic apparatus in Bradyrhizobium sp. C7T1 strain

  • M. S. Montecchia
  • N. L. Pucheu
  • N. L. Kerber
  • A. F. García
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Photosynthetic bradyrhizobia are nitrogen-fixing symbionts colonizing the stem and roots of some leguminous plants like Aeschynomene. The effect of oxygen and light on the formation of the photosynthetic apparatus of Bradyrhizobium sp. C7T1 strain is described here. Oxygen is required for growth, but at high concentration inhibits the synthesis of bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) and of the photosynthetic apparatus. However, we show that in vitro, aerobic photosynthetic electron transport occurred leading to ADP photophosphorylation. The expression of the photosynthetic apparatus was regulated by oxygen in a manner which did not agree with earlier results in other photosynthetic bradyrhizobia since BChl accumulation was the highest under microaerobic conditions. This strain produces photosynthetic pigments when grown under cyclic illumination or darkness. However, under continuous white light illumination, a Northern blot analysis of the puf operon showed that, the expression of the photosynthetic genes of the antenna was considerable. Under latter conditions BChl accumulation in the cells was dependent on the oxygen concentration. It was not detectable at high oxygen tensions but became accumulated under low oxygen (microaerobiosis). It is known that in photosynthetic bradyrhizobia bacteriophytochrome photoreceptor (BphP) partially controls the synthesis of the photosystem in response to light. In C7T1 strain far-red light illumination did not stimulate the synthesis of the photosynthetic apparatus suggesting the presence of a non-functional BphP-mediated light regulatory mechanism.


Bacteriophytochrome Bradyrhizobium Light regulation Oxygen regulation Photosynthetic rhizobia Photosystem formation puf operon 





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We would like to acknowledge the financial support from the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET, Argentina), the University of Buenos Aires (UBA, Argentina) and the Volkswagen Stiftung (Germany)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. S. Montecchia
    • 1
  • N. L. Pucheu
    • 1
  • N. L. Kerber
    • 1
  • A. F. García
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Investigaciones Bioquímicas y Fisiológicas (IBYF-CONICET) and Cátedra de Microbiología Agrícola, Facultad de AgronomíaUniversidad de Buenos AiresCiudad Autónoma de Buenos AiresArgentina

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