Moore 1991 Plant Physiol

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Moore AL, Dry IB, Wiskich JT (1991) Regulation of electron transport in plant mitochondria under state 4 conditions. Plant Physiol 95:34-40.

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Moore AL, Dry IB, Wiskich JT (1991) Plant Physiol

Abstract: The regulation of electron transport in pea (Pisum sativum L.) leaf mitochondria under state 4 conditions has been investigated by simultaneously monitoring oxygen uptake, the steady-state reduction level of ubiquinone, and membrane potential. Membrane potentials were measured using a methyltriphenylphosphonium electrode while a voltametric technique was used to monitor changes in the steady-state reduction levels of quinone. It was found that the addition of glycine to mitochondria oxidising malate in state 4 led to a marked increase in the rate of O2 uptake and increased both the membrane potential and reduction level of the quinone pool. Increases in the state 4 respiratory rate were attributed to both an increase in driving flux, due to increased Q-pool reduction, and in membrane potential. Due to the nonohmic behavior of the inner membrane, under these conditions, an increase in potential would result in a considerable rise in proton conductance. Measurement of dual substrate oxidation, in the presence of n-propylgallate, revealed that the increase in respiratory activity was not mediated by the alternative oxidase. Similar increases in membrane potential and the level of Q-pool reduction were observed even in the presence of rotenone suggesting that the rotenone-insensitive pathway is a constitutive feature of plant mitochondria and may play a role in facilitating rapid state 4 rates even in the presence of a high energy charge.

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Selected quotes and comments

  • "The transition to state 4 conditions increases the protonmotive force which exerts a back pressure on the respiratory chain restricting the rate of electron flow and hence overall oxygen uptake."
  • "The control of respiration in plant mitochondria is somewhat more complicated than in mammalian tissues since the majority of plant mitochondria possess, albeit to varying extents, a cyanide-insensitive alternative oxidase, and a rotenone-insensitive bypass of Complex I (10). Since electron flux via these pathways is not linked to proton extrusion (21) their engagement could make a considerable contribution to the overall respiratory rate under state 4 conditions. The degree to which the antimycin-insensitive alternative oxidase contributes to ADP-limited respiration has been generally assessed from the effect of inhibitors of this pathway on respiratory control indices (16). Inhibition of the pathway results in a marked increase in control suggesting it is engaged under state 4 conditions. More recently it has been demonstrated that the degree to which this pathway is engaged is dependent, in a nonlinear fashion, upon the level of reduction of the quinone pool (12)."
  • "The redox state of Q-2 was measured voltametrically using a glassy carbon working electrode and a platinum electrode connected to Ag/AgCl reference electrode. The working electrode was poised at 360 mV with respect to the reference as previously described (22)."
  • Comment: Current is converted into a voltage. In this sense, the amperometric principle of the measurement of the redox state of Q-2 using the electrochemical sensor may be considered as a "voltametric" approach, although we do not encourage to use the term "potentiometric" in this context. - Compare: O2k signals and output
  • matrix volume of 1.4 pL/mg protein (26).
  • "Fully oxidized Q was taken as the base of the trace following addition of 1 µM Q-2 and the appropriate quantity of mitochondrial protein, and fully reduced as that in the presence of a bc1 inhibitor or upon anaerobiosis."
  • "It can be seen from Figure 1 that, following transition to state 4, the reduction of the Q-pool was more pronounced than in state 2 (41 % versus 31 %) but the oxygen uptake rate was slower (68 versus 74 nmol/min/mg). This difference in rate has been attributed to the ATPase acting as an ion-influx channel, because state 2 conditions favor the release of the inhibitor protein IF, from its inhibitory site on F, facilitating increased H+-conductance (30)."
  • "It should be noted that since n-propylgallate (and, indeed, SHAM and disulfiram) interact with the quinone electrode, it was not possible to simultaneously monitor steady-state redox levels of the Q-pool."
  • "Figures 1 and 2 suggest that a comparable membrane potential is generated by either NAD+-linked substrates or by succinate, under state 4 conditions, and yet they maintain differing levels of Q-pool reduction, confirming the idea that electron flux is limited by the quinone redox poise."
  • Question: Are the terms 'redox poise', 'redox state', and 'redox eqilibrium' clearly defined, and how do the respective definitions differ?


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