Generally, excessive excitation absorbed by the pigments is considered the cause of PSII photodamage. Previous studies of action spectra of PSII photodamage concluded that shorter wavelengths induce more damage, supporting the hypothesis of the existence of more than one photosensitizer. However, the relative influence of different photosensitizers is still inconclusive. In this work, we have revisited this question by inducing PSII photodamage in vivo and in vitro at two different wavelengths (460 and 660 nm) where the net absorption cross section was the same using equal irradiance. To correlate PSII photodamage with each wavelength band, we followed its time course using the OJIP transient of the chlorophyll fluorescence to determine the possible contributions of photoinhibition by different photosensitizers. We found evidence that at least two sites of photoinactivation of PSII exist.
- Additional absorptance
- Chlorophyll fluorescence
- Manganese cluster
- Two-photon excitation microscopy