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1 Calvin Cycle Calvin cycle cannot be called “dark reaction” because it is still light- dependent.


3 Rubisco

4 (1) Carbon fixation Ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate + CO 2 + 2(3-phosphoglycerate) Catalyzed by rubisco (ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase; RuBP carboxylase/oxygenase) Rubisco is the most abundant enzyme on the earth In stroma 50% of chloroplast protein is rubisco. One of the reasons why animals cannot photosynthesize because it lacks rubisco.


6 Rubisco: 8 large subunits + 8 small subunits Large subunit is the catalytic subunit.

7 (2). 3-phosphoglycerate  glyceraldehyde 3- phosphate

8 (2). 3-phosphoglycerate  glyceraldehyde 3- phosphate 包括了兩個步驟(為 glycolysis 的相反) 3-phosphoglycerate 1,3-bisphosphoglycerate Glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate Dihydroxyacetone phosphate 3-phosphoglycerate kinase Glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase Triose phosphate isomerase

9 Carbohydrates can both synthesized in chloroplast and cytosol by utilizing fixed carbon from chloroplast.

10 For cytosolic carbohydrate biosynthesis, triose phosphates needed are transported by Pi-triose phosphate antiporter (translocator)

11 Most of the triose phosphates exported from chloroplast are dihydroxyactone phosphate. On the other hand, triose phosphates imported into chloroplast from cytosol are mostly 3- phosphoglycerate.

12 Pi-Triose phosphate antiporter This antiporter removes dihydroxyacetone phosphate from stroma into cytosol, importing Pi into stroma to ensure continuous supply of inorganic phosphate for photophosphorylation ATP synthesis. It will also move NADPH synthesized by photorespiration into cytosol. NADPH will be converted to NADH during this process.


14 (3) Regeneration of ribulose 1,5- bisphosphate from triose phosphate Fructose 6-phosphate is an important branchpoint. Cell can choose to synthesize starch or regenerate ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate from F-6-P. Animals do not have these following enzymes so they can not perform photosynthesis: Sedoheptulose 1,7-bisphosphatase ribulose 5-phosphate kinase rubisco

15 For every triose phosphate synthesized, 9 ATP and 6 NADPH are consumed. One phosphate from ATP is exported with glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate

16 Regulation of Carbon metabolism in plants is more complex than animals because of photosynthesis 1.thioredoxin system (photosystem I) 2.variation of H + and Mg 2+ concentration due to light exposure 3.Allosteric regulation by intermediates 4.covalent modification

17 Regulation of rubisco: carbamylation of lysine residue Covalent modification

18 Although carbamylation at lysine residue of rubisco will activate it, ribulose 1,5- bisphosphate will inhibit this carbamylation at physiological pH. Rubisco activase will promote the ATP- dependent release of ribulose 1,5- bisphosphate, exposing lysine residue for carbamylation. Rubisco is activated after carbamylation activated rubisco will not be inhibited by ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate.

19 Nocturnal inhibitor also regulate photosynthesis Some plants synthesize 2- carboxyarabinitol 1- phosphate in the dark, which is a potent inhibitor of carbamolyated rubisco. It will be break down by rubisco activase or by light.

20 Nocturnal inhibitor is similar to the  -keto acid intermediate of rubisco reaction


22 pH , [Mg 2+ ]  Light reaction result in H + transport into stroma. This causes stromal pH to rise. Mg 2+ exported from thylakoid into stroma to balance charges. pH , [Mg 2+ ]  activate rubisco fructose 1,6-bisphosphatase (FBPase-1)

23 Light will cause disulfide bond reduction of these following enzymes through thioredoxin system : Ribulose 5-phosphate kinase Fructose 1,6-bisphosphatase Sedoheptulose 1,7-bisphosphatase Glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase

24 Photorespiration Aside from being an carboxylase, Rubisco is also an oxygenase. The oxygenation of ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate produces phosphoglycolate, a metabolically useless product. Although rubisco does have higher affinity toward CO 2 (9  M; O 2 is 350  M), the concentration of O 2 (20%) is much higher than CO 2 (0.04%). Rubisco requires aqueous solution of CO 2. However, the solubility of CO 2 decrease abruptly at higher temperature. On average, one photorespiration happens for every three photophosphorylation.

25 Phosphoglycolate is dephosphorylated in stroma.


27 Similar to PDH and  -ketoglutarate dehydrogenase



30 C4 metabolism

31 Because the initial trapping of CO 2 in C4 metabolism involved PEP carboxylase and the production of oxaloacetate (a four carbon compound), it is called C4 metabolism. PEP carboxylase utilizes HCO 3 -, which is structurally distinct from CO 2 and O 2. Moving Calvin cycle to bundle sheath cell will shield rubisco from any possible exposure to oxygen.

32 Bundle sheath cell is located in the center of the leaf


34 Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) Succulent plants such as cactus and pineapple grow in hot and very dry area have evolved a different strategy for carbon assimilation. They also separate the initial trapping of CO 2 from Calvin cycle like C4 plants, but the difference between CAM and C4 is CAM separated CO 2 trapping and Calvin cycle over time, not space.

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