Hydroxycinnamic acids in sunflower leaves serve as UV-A screening pigments.

Stelzner, Jana, Roemhild, Roderich, Garibay-Hernández, Adriana, Harbaum-Piayda, Britta, Mock, Hans-Peter and Bilger, Wolfgang (2019) Hydroxycinnamic acids in sunflower leaves serve as UV-A screening pigments. Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences, 18 (7). pp. 1649-1659. DOI 10.1039/C8PP00440D.

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Flavonoids and hydroxycinnamic acid derivatives, which are located in the upper epidermis of plants, are well known to screen ultraviolet radiation, thus protecting the underlying tissue from these harmful wavelengths. Both classes of secondary products complement each other over the UV spectral region according to their absorption spectra: flavonoids are most efficient as UV-A attenuators while hydroxycinnamates (HCAs) screen well within the UV-B region. Analysis of epidermal transmittance revealed a substantial UV-A screen in Helianthus annuus L. cv. Peredovick. Identifying responsible pigments by HPLC-MS, we found surprisingly low amounts of flavonoids but dominant abundance of the HCA derivatives chlorogenic and di-caffeoyl quinic acid. Both display low UV-A absorbance and thus, should contribute only a little to UV-A protection. However, growth at high light led to a decrease of epidermal transmittance at 366 nm of up to 90%. Underpinning the screening role, HCA autofluorescence microscopy revealed storage to occur predominantly in vacuoles of the upper epidermis. UV-A treatment in the absence of D1-repair resulted in photosystem II inactivation proportional to epidermal UV-A transmittance. Our findings suggest that UV-A protection can be achieved solely with HCAs, apparently through accumulation of high amounts of these compounds.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1039/C8PP00440D
ISSN: 1474-905X
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2019 10:31
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2020 12:11
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/47306

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