Mechanisms Involved in Photosynthetic Apparatus Protection Against Lead Toxicity

Krzysztof Tokarz , Barbara Tokarz , Wojciech Makowski


Lead is one of the most toxic trace elements influencing plant growth and development processes including photosynthesis. Although lead is characterized by low mobility, it can get into the plant and after destroying physical barrier (Casparian strip), enters the xylem and translocates to the aerial parts of a plant affecting photosynthetic apparatus in both indirect and direct ways. Directly Pb impacts on the number and ultrastructure of chloroplasts, the photosynthetic pigments synthesis, activity and efficiency of Oxygen Evolving Complex, Photosystem II Reaction Center, membrane transporters, Thioredoxin System and the Calvin-Benson Cycle effectiveness as well as synthesis and distribution of carbohydrates. Indirectly, Pb impairs plants’ redox state, leading to ROS generation, wherein the photosynthetic apparatus might be source as well as objective of ROS action. In order to survive in such conditions, plants have developed a number of mechanisms protecting their photosynthetic apparatus against toxic effects of Pb.
Author Krzysztof Tokarz (FoBaH / IoPBaB / DoBaPP)
Krzysztof Tokarz,,
- Department of Botany and Plant Physiology
, Barbara Tokarz (FoBaH / IoPBaB / DoBaPP)
Barbara Tokarz,,
- Department of Botany and Plant Physiology
, Wojciech Makowski (FoBaH)
Wojciech Makowski,,
- Faculty of Biotechnology and Horticulture
Publication size in sheets0.55
Book Gupta Dharmendra K., Chatterjee Soumya, Walther Clemens (eds.): Lead in Plants and the Environment, Radionuclides and Heavy Metals in the Environment , 2020, Springer, ISBN 978-3-030-21637-5, [978-3-030-21638-2], 203 p., DOI:10.1007/978-3-030-21638-2
Keywords in EnglishLead, Photosynthetic apparatus, Photosynthesis, Photosystem II, Electron transport, Chloroplast, ROS
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)20
Score sourcepublisherList
Citation count*
Share Share

Get link to the record

* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.
Are you sure?