Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 136, Issue 2, pp 199–214 | Cite as

The effect of light quality on the pro-/antioxidant balance, activity of photosystem II, and expression of light-dependent genes in Eutrema salsugineum callus cells

  • P. P. Pashkovskiy
  • T. N. Soshinkova
  • D. V. Korolkova
  • A. V. Kartashov
  • I. E. Zlobin
  • V. Yu. Lyubimov
  • V. D. Kreslavski
  • Vl. V. Kuznetsov
Original Article


The antioxidant balance, photochemical activity of photosystem II (PSII), and photosynthetic pigment content, as well as the expression of genes involved in the light signalling of callus lines of Eutrema salsugineum plants (earlier Thellungiella salsuginea) under different spectral light compositions were studied. Growth of callus in red light (RL, maximum 660 nm), in contrast to blue light (BL, maximum 450 nm), resulted in a lower H2O2 content and thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS). The BL increased the activities of key antioxidant enzymes in comparison with the white light (WL) and RL and demonstrated the minimum level of PSII photochemical activity. The activities of catalase (CAT) and peroxidase (POD) had the highest values in BL, which, along with the increased H2O2 and TBARS content, indicate a higher level of oxidative stress in the cells. The expression levels of the main chloroplast protein genes of PSII (PSBA and PSBD), the NADPH-dependent oxidase gene of the plasma membrane (RbohD), the protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase genes (POR B, C) involved in the biosynthesis of chlorophyll, and the key photoreceptor signalling genes (CIB1, CRY2, PhyB, PhyA, and PIF3) were determined. Possible mechanisms of light quality effects on the physiological parameters of callus cells are discussed.


Blue light Red light Callus culture Eutrema salsugineum Antioxidant enzymes Photoreceptors Hydrogen peroxide Gene expression Light signalling PSII activity 



Ascorbate peroxidase


Superoxide dismutase






Thiobarbituric acid reactive substances


Blue light from light-emitting diodes 450 nm


White light from light-emitting diodes 450 nm + 660 nm


Red light from light-emitting diodes 660 nm


Light from white compact fluorescent lamps






Photosystem II


Reactive oxygen species


Electron transport chain


Chlorophyll a


Chlorophyll b





This work was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) on 15-04-01199a and by the Program of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences “Molecular and Cellular Biology” (MCB RAS).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. P. Pashkovskiy
    • 1
  • T. N. Soshinkova
    • 1
  • D. V. Korolkova
    • 1
  • A. V. Kartashov
    • 1
  • I. E. Zlobin
    • 1
  • V. Yu. Lyubimov
    • 2
  • V. D. Kreslavski
    • 1
    • 2
  • Vl. V. Kuznetsov
    • 1
  1. 1.Timiryazev Institute of Plant Physiology Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Institute of Basic Biological Problems Russian Academy of SciencesPushchinoRussia

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