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The Flash Pattern of Photosynthetic Oxygen Evolution after Treatment with Low Concentrations of Hydroxylamine as a Function of the Previous S1/S0-Ratio Further Evidence that NH2OH Reduces the Water Oxidizing Complex in the Dark

Messinger, J.; Pauly, S.; Witt, H. T.

Inst. Chemie

Flash induced oxygen evolution patterns of isolated PS II complexes from the cyanobacterium Synechococcus were measured with a Joliot-type electrode. By suitable preflash and dark adaptation procedures, samples were prepared in the state S1 (100%), as well as enriched in S0 (60% S0, 40% S,). After treatment with low concentrations of NH2OH (≤ 100 μм), the two flash patterns were identical. This is further evidence for a reduction of the water oxidizing complex by hydroxylamine in the dark. Two reduced states (S-1 and S-2) below S0 are formed by this reduction.