Ukr.Biochem.J. 2012; Volume 84, Issue 6, Nov-Dec, pp. 139-144

Ascorbate-glutathione cycle enzymes activity in zea mays leaves under salinity and treatment by adaptogenic compounds

O. O. Konturska, T. O. Palladina

M. G. Kholodny Institute of Botany, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Kyiv;

The effect of different salinity levels and synthetic compounds treatments on ascorbate-glutathione cycle enzymes activity in maize leaves has been investigated. One-day seedlings exposition with 0.05 М NaCl increased ascorbate peroxidase activity, whereas 10-day exposition did not affect it. However the exposition with 0.1 M NaCl, which is extreme for maize, decreased ascorbate peroxidase activity in leaves during 10 days. On the other hand glutathione reductase activity in leaves increased under both salt concentrations. Seeds treatments with Methyure and Ivine increased ascorbate peroxidase activity in the leaves of seedlings under 0.1 М NaCl, but did not affect glutathione reductase activity as compared to the salt control. The results obtained have shown differences of ascorbate-glutathione cycle enzymes responses to salt exposition of seedlings and the effects of adaptogenic compounds on the ascorbate-glutathione cycle via ascorbate peroxidase activation.

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