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Keywords:

  • chlorophyll;
  • chloroplast;
  • MDMP;
  • multivariate analysis;
  • mutant;
  • senescence;
  • Systems Biology

Summary

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    Over 6 d of dark-induced senescence, leaf segments of wild-type Lolium temulentum lost > 96% chlorophyll a + b; leaves from plants containing a staygreen mutation introgressed from Festuca pratensis, which has a lesion in the senescence-associated fragmentation of pigment-proteolipid complexes, retained over 43% of total chlorophyll over the same period.
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    Mutant segments preferentially retained thylakoid membrane proteins (exemplified by LHCP II) but lost other cellular proteins at the same rate as wild-type tissue. The protein synthesis inhibitor D-MDMP inhibited chlorophyll degradation and partially prevented protein loss in both genotypes, but tissues treated with the ineffective L-stereoisomer were indistinguishable from water controls.
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    Principal-components analysis of leaf reflectance spectra distinguished between genotypes, time points and D-MDMP treatments, showing the disruption of pigment metabolism during senescence brought about by the staygreen mutation, by inhibition of protein synthesis and by combinations of the two factors.
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    The build-up of oxidized, dephytylated and phaeo-derivatives of chl a during senescence of staygreen tissue was prevented by D-MDMP and associated with characteristic difference spectra when senescent mutant tissue was compared with wild-type or inhibitor-treated samples. The suitability of senescence as a subject for systems biology approaches is discussed.