Cu uptake in a cyanobacterium: Fate of selected photochemical reactions
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Cu uptake in the diazotrophic cyanobacteriumNostoc calcicola Bréb. was accompanied by inhibitions in the in vivo activities of photosystem (PS) II, PS I,14CO2-fixation, and decline in the ATP pool. Cyanobacterial cells, while saturated for Cu uptake within 1 h at 40 μM Cu, showed more than 50% inhibition of PS II and 95.4% of14CO2 fixation compared with only 15.5% decrease in the PS I activity. The total extractable ATP content also declined by 32.2% within 1 h. In a subsequent follow-up study lasting 72 h, PS II activity and14CO2 fixation showed complete inhibition, in contrast to 34.4% of PS I activity and 4.2% of ATP still remaining unaffected. The results have been discussed in the light of multiple effects of Cu during and subsequent to its uptake by the cyanobacterium.