Regulation of light-induced chloroplast transcription and translation in eight-day-old dark-grown barley seedlings

Robert R. Klein

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Plastid transcription and translation are light-activated in 8-day-old dark-grown barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) seedlings. Pretreatment of dark-grown seedlings with cycloheximide (inhibitor of cytoplasmic protein synthesis) abolished the activation of rbcL, psbA, and psaA-B transcription by light. In contrast, inhibition of plastid protein synthesis by chloramphenicol stimulated light-activated transcription of rbcL, psbA, and psaA-B. Light-induced transcription of the plastid genome occurred normally in the chlorophyll-deficient mutant xan-J84. These results suggest that although the light-induced activation of plastid transcription is modulated by cytoplasmic and organellar protein synthesis, transcriptional activation is not dependent on the absorption of light by protochlorophyllide or the attainment of photosynthetic competence. In addition, plastid translation increased dramatically when 8-day-old dark-grown seedlings were illuminated and activation was dependent on cytoplasmic protein synthesis. Blockage of light-activated plastid transcription by Tagetin treatment (inhibitor of plastid RNA polymerase) did not attenuate the activation of plastid translation by light. These results suggest that while light simultaneously activates plastid transcription and translation, the rapid burst in plastid protein synthesis is due mainly to cytoplasmic-derived changes that regulate the rate of translation of pre-existing mRNAs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-342
Number of pages8
JournalPlant Physiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


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