Picosecond Spectroscopy on the Primary Process in the Photoconversion of Protochlorophyllide to Chlorophyllide a

  • T. Kobayashi
  • J. Iwai
  • M. Ikeuchi
  • Y. Inoue
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Chemical Physics book series (CHEMICAL, volume 38)

Abstract

A key step in the development of chloroplasts in higher plants is the reduction of the precursor protochlorophyllide (PChlide) into chlorophyllide (Chlide), which is then esterified by phytol. The reduction process is activated by light and it involves the attachment of two hydrogen atoms. Spectroscopic studies of etiolated leaves or isolated etioplasts at low temperatures have been extensively performed for the investigations on the primary states of the chlorophyllide formation. However little is established about the detailed mechanism of this process at the present stage of research.

Keywords

Acetone Chlorophyll Phytol Hongo Chlorophyllide 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Kobayashi
    • 1
  • J. Iwai
    • 1
  • M. Ikeuchi
    • 2
  • Y. Inoue
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physics, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of TokyoBunkyo, Tokyo 113Japan
  2. 2.Institute of Physical and Chemical ResearchWako, Saitama 351Japan

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