Properties of ATPase in chloroplasts

C. Carmeli*

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1. 1. Mg2+-ATPase (light-triggered Mg2+-dependent ATPase) activity in chloroplasts was stimulated by atebrin, NH4Cl and gramicidin when the uncouplers were added after light triggering. The stimulation was followed in time by inhibition when the reaction took place in the dark. 2. 2. This inhibition of Mg2+-ATPase activity was overcome when the reaction was carried out under continuous illumination. 3. 3. The energy transfer inhibitors of photophosphorylation, phlorizin and Dio-9, inhibited Mg2+-ATPase activity and the extent of inhibition increased with time. The inhibition by Dio-9 was partially reversed by light while that of phlorizin was not. 4. 4. Light-triggered ATP-Pi exchange activity in chloroplasts was inhibited by both atebrin and phlorizin. The extent of the inhibition increased with time. 5. 5. The activity of a soluble Ca2+-ATPase was inhibited by Dio-9, phlorizin, NH4Cl and atebrin. The kinetics of activity was linear with time, except in the presence of phlorizin. 6. 6. These results are interpreted as indicating a requirement of a high-energy state for triggering and maintenance of Mg2+-ATPase and ATP-Pi exchange reactions. The relation of ATPase activity to the coupling mechanism in chloroplasts is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-266
Number of pages11
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Bioenergetics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 21 Oct 1969


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