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 Title    Photophosphorylation by Chloroplasts: Effects o f Low Concentrations o f Ammonia and Methylamine  
 Abstract    Intact chloroplasts exposed to hypotonic assay conditions are capable o f photophosphorylating exogenous ADP. The rate o f phosphorylation by these unbroken plastids is increased by 10—50% upon the addition o f low concentrations (< mM) o f N H 3 or C H 3 N H 2. Stimulation o f phosphory­ lation is abolished by washing chloroplasts with MgCl2. Evidence is presented that washing re­ moves a factor responsible for amine-induced increase o f A T P production and that this factor is associated with the thylakoid membrane. Addition o f CH3 N H 2 increased the proton permeability of the thylakoid membrane o f unbroken and washed chloroplasts during the light/dark transition. Hence, differences o f the membrane permeability for protons between the two preparations seem not to be responsible for an increase o f A T P production upon the addition o f amines. Stimulation of photophosphorylation by methylamine is observed even at light itensities which do not saturate the proton motive force, which in turn is reduced upon the addition o f the uncoupler. Apparently, phosphorylation can be stimulated, although the limiting driving force is diminished. It is con­ cluded that phosphorylation by unbroken chloroplasts under low light illumination is limited kinetically, not energetically. Consequences o f these findings for observation made with intact chloroplasts are discussed. 
  Reference    Z. Naturforsch. 37c, 242—250 (1982); received December 23 1981 
  Published    1982 
  Keywords    Photophosphorylation, Uncoupling, Amines, Proton Motive Force, Chloroplasts, Chemiosmotic Theory 
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 Identifier    ZNC-1982-37c-0242 
 Volume    37