|Prasad, D. D.; Prasad, A. R.
|Role of L-alanine: 4,5-dioxovalerate transaminase in chlorophyll synthesis in Bajra (Pennisetum typhoideum) seedlings
|L-alanine:4,5-dioxovalerate transaminase activity and chlorophyll levels were estimated in lead and mercury treated Bajra seedlings. The enzyme activity increased with age upto 2nd day of germination and decreased on consequent days, where as the chlorophyll content increased with age upto 4th day and remained constant on day 5. Both the metals have no effect on L-alanine: 4,5-dioxovalerate transaminase activity but reduced chlorophyll levels. In vitro incubation of the enzyme with metal solutions showed that the enzyme activity was inhibited by mercury, while lead had no effect. Studies on sub-cellular localization of the L-alanine:4,5-dioxovalerate transaminase showed that it is present in all fractions. The non-correlation between L- alanine: 4,5-dioxovalerate transaminase activity and chlorophyll synthesis is evident from different activity profiles with age and response to heavy metal treatment in the seedlings. Hence, our results suggest the non-involvement of L-alanine:4,5-dioxovalerate transaminase in chlorophyll synthesis in bajra seedlings.