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Desensitization by red and blue light of phototropism in maize coleoptiles

Moritoshi Iino
Planta
Vol. 176, No. 2 (1988), pp. 183-188
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23379348
Page Count: 6
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Desensitization by red and blue light of phototropism in maize coleoptiles
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Abstract

The effects of pretreatments with red and blue light (RL, BL) on the fluence-response curve for the phototropism induced by a BL pulse (first positive curvature) were investigated with dark-adapted maize (Zea mays L.) coleoptiles. A pulse of RL, giving a fluence sufficient to saturate phytochrome-mediated responses in this material, shifted the bell-shaped phototropic fluence-response curve to higher fluences and increased its peak height. A pulse of high-fluence BL given immediately prior to this RL treatment temporarily suppressed the phototropic fluence-response curve, and shifted the curve to higher fluences than induced by RL alone. The shift by BL progressed rapidly compared to that by RL. The results indicate (1) that first positive curvature is desensitized by both phytochrome and a BL system, (2) that desensitization by BL occurs with respect to both the maximal response and the quantum efficiency, and (3) that the desensitization responses mediated by phytochrome and the BL system can be induced simultaneously but develop following different kinetics. It is suggested that these desensitization responses contribute to the induction of second positive curvature, a response induced by prolonged irradiation.

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