Takahashi, Shunichi; Whitney, Spencer; Itoh, Shigeru; Maruyama, Tadashi; Badger, Murray
Coral bleaching, caused by heat stress, is accompanied by the light-induced loss of photosynthetic pigments in in situ symbiotic dinoflagellate algae (Symbiodinium spp.). However, the molecular mechanisms responsible for pigment loss are poorly understood. Here, we show that moderate heat stress causes photobleaching through inhibition of the de novo synthesis of intrinsic light-harvesting antennae [chlorophyll a-chlorophyll c2-peridinin- protein complexes (acpPC)] in cultured Symbiodinium...[Show more]
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