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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13(12), 16303-16332; doi:10.3390/ijms131216303

Sensing and Responding to UV-A in Cyanobacteria

Division of Life Science, Korea Basic Science Institute, Daejeon 305-806, Korea
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Received: 1 November 2012 / Revised: 27 November 2012 / Accepted: 27 November 2012 / Published: 3 December 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue UV-Induced Cell Death 2012)
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Ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause stresses or act as a photoregulatory signal depending on its wavelengths and fluence rates. Although the most harmful effects of UV on living cells are generally attributed to UV-B radiation, UV-A radiation can also affect many aspects of cellular processes. In cyanobacteria, most studies have concentrated on the damaging effect of UV and defense mechanisms to withstand UV stress. However, little is known about the activation mechanism of signaling components or their pathways which are implicated in the process following UV irradiation. Motile cyanobacteria use a very precise negative phototaxis signaling system to move away from high levels of solar radiation, which is an effective escape mechanism to avoid the detrimental effects of UV radiation. Recently, two different UV-A-induced signaling systems for regulating cyanobacterial phototaxis were characterized at the photophysiological and molecular levels. Here, we review the current understanding of the UV-A mediated signaling pathways in the context of the UV-A perception mechanism, early signaling components, and negative phototactic responses. In addition, increasing evidences supporting a role of pterins in response to UV radiation are discussed. We outline the effect of UV-induced cell damage, associated signaling molecules, and programmed cell death under UV-mediated oxidative stress. View Full-Text
Keywords: ultraviolet-A; cyanobacteria; photoreceptor; signaling pathway; negative phototaxis; pterin; reactive oxygen species; chromophore; programmed cell death; caspase ultraviolet-A; cyanobacteria; photoreceptor; signaling pathway; negative phototaxis; pterin; reactive oxygen species; chromophore; programmed cell death; caspase

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Moon, Y.-J.; Kim, S.I.; Chung, Y.-H. Sensing and Responding to UV-A in Cyanobacteria. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13, 16303-16332.

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