THE PHOTO PROJECT
Survival and Development of Photosynthetic Oxygenic Organisms Tolerant to Space Radiation and Production of Compounds with Anti-Oxidant Properties

Selected references related to Photo project

About the Chlamydomonas reinhartii mutants used for the experiments in space and the results from the experiments

Bertalan, I., et al., 2006, Testing directed evolution strategies for space exploration: genetic modification of photosystem II to increase stress tolerance under space conditions. 36th COSPAR Scientific Assembly. Held 16 - 23 July 2006, in Beijing, China. Meeting abstract from the CDROM, #3181.

Bertalan, I., et al., 2007, Photosystem II Stress Tolerance in the Unicellular Green Alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii under Space Conditions. Space Microgravity XIX, 2.

Esposito, D., et al., 2006, The effect of ionizing radiation on photosynthetic oxygenic microrganisms for survival in Space flight revealed by automatic Photosystem II-based biosensors. Microgravity Sci. Technol. XVIII-3/4.

Giardi M.T., et al., 2002. Biodevices for the detection of space radiation effect on Photosynthetic organisms. In: Proceedings of the Second European Workshop on Exo/Astrobiology, ESA publications Division, ESTEC, The Netherlands, pp. 455-456.

Johanningmeier, U., Heiß, S., 1993, Construction of a Chlamydomonas reinhardtii mutant lacking introns in the psbA gene. Plant Mol. Biol. 22, 91-99.

Johanningmeier, U., 2000, Herbicide Resistance and Supersensitivity in Ala250 or Ala251 Mutants of the D1 Protein in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii” Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology 66, 9–19.

Johanningmeier, U., et al., 2006, Engineering the D1 subunit of photosystem II: application to biosensor technology. In: Biotechnological Applications of Photosynthetic Proteins: Biochips, Biosensors and Biodevices (Maria Teresa Giardi, ed.), Landes Bioscience Eds.

Niyogi, K., et al., 1997, Chlamydomonas xathophyll cycle mutants identified by video imaging of chlorophyll fluorescence quenching. Plant Cell 9, 1369-1380.

Niyogi, K., et al., 1997, The roles of specific xanthophylls in photoprotection. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 1997; (94): 14162-14167

Preiß et al., 2001, Rapid, ATP-dependent degradation of a truncated D1 protein in the chloroplast. Eur. J. Biochem. 268: 4562-9.

Prizbilla, E., et al., 1991, Site-specific mutagenesis of the D1 subunit of photosystem II in wild-type Chlamydomonas. Plant Cell 3, 169-174.

Rea, G., et al. 2008, Ionizing radiation changes the photochemical quantum yield and enhances the oxygen evolution activity of Photosystem II. J. Radiation Biology, submitted.

About the Fluorescence Induction (Kautsky effect)

Kautsky, H., and A. Hirsch. 1931. Neue Versuche zur Kohlensa¨ureassimilation. Naturwissenschaften. 19:964

Govindjee, 1995. Sixty-three years since Kautsky: Chlorophyll a Fluorescence. Aust. Plant Physiol. 22,131-160

Lazár, D., 1999, Chlorophyll a fuorescence induction. A review, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 1412, 1-28

Strasser, R.J., Merope T.- M., Srivastava, A., Analysis of the Fluorescence Transient, tutorial available on-line

Trissl, H.-W. (University of Osnabrück), An introduction to the theory of fluorescence induction, tutorial available on-line.

About the anti-oxidant compunds in photosynthesis and human nutrition

Demming-Adams & Adams, 2002, Antioxidants in photosynthesis and human nutrition. Science. 2002 Dec 13;298(5601):2149-53.

About the MoMa project

Impiombato, F.S.A., et al., Fresh New Air in Space? ‘MoMa’ on the A.S.I. Launch Pad, Orig Life Evol Biosph (2006) 36:577–585

About applications and results of the Liulin-type spectrum-dosimeters

Dachev, T., et al.., Inner magnetosphere variations after Solar Proton Events. Observations on Mir space station in 1989–1994 time period, Adv. Sp. Res., 22, 4, 521-526, 1998

Dachev, T., et al., Observation of the earth radiation environment by R3D-B2 instrument on Foton M2 satellite. Proceedings of the 11th International Scientific Conference “Solar-Terrestrial Influences”, Sofia (Bulgaria), 171-174, 2005.

Dachev, T., et al., Observations of the SAA radiation distribution by Liulin-E094 instrument on ISS, Adv. Sp. Res., 37, 1672-1677, 2006.

Dachev, Ts., et al., Solar cycle variations of MIR radiation environment as observed by the LIULIN dosimeter, Radiat Meas. 30(3), 269-274,1999

Damasso, M., et al., The space radiation environment observed by Liulin-Photo and R3D-B3 spectrum-dosimeters inside and outside Foton-M3 spacecraft, in preparation

Häder, D.P., et al., Measurements of ionizing and solar radiation in open space in the Biopan 5 facility outside the Foton-M2 satellite, Adv. Sp. Res., 2007 (in press).