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By Kevin Pyke (auth.), Ralph Bock (eds.)

The prior twenty years have witnessed an immense growth in our knowing of plastid (chloroplast) biology. uncomplicated rules of plastid biogenesis, genome constitution and serve as, gene expression and its rules in addition to plastid-nuclear interplay and conversation pathways were elucidated. additionally, the prospect to at once regulate the genetic info of the plastid via transformation has facilitated the examine of almost all facets of plastid biology in vivo and, in addition, has lead the way to assorted purposes of transgenic plastids in biotechnology.

The current ebook presents a entire evaluation of our present wisdom on plastid biogenesis, plastid-nuclear communique, the rules of plastid gene expression in any respect degrees, and likewise assesses the state-of-the-art in key applied sciences, comparable to proteomics and chloroplast transformation. Written by means of famous specialists within the box, it covers plastid differentiation and department, genome constitution and serve as, plastid inheritance, recombination, DNA replication and service, transcription, RNA processing and translation in addition to an important posttranslational procedures in plastid biogenesis and serve as, together with protein processing, the meeting of multiprotein complexes, protein balance and degradation, protein import and sorting.

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Trends Plant Sci 8:117-122 Negm FB, Cornel FA, Plaxton WC (1995) Suborganellar organization and molecular characterization of nonproteolytic degraded leucoplast pyruvate kinase from developing endosperm of castor oil seeds (Ricinus communis). J Exp Bot 34:712-718 Osteryoung KW, Vierling E (1995) Conserved cell and organelle division. Nature 376:473– 474 26 Kevin Pyke Osteryoung KW, Stokes KD, Rutherford SM, Percival AL, Lee WY (1998) Chloroplast division in higher plants requires members of two functionally divergent gene families with homology to bacterial ftsZ.

2004) are both related to prokaryotic proteins and both function in plastid division, since perturbation of them results in abnormal plastids. Conversely, ARC5 has no prokaryotic relations and ARC3 is a chimera of an FtsZ gene and a eukaryotic gene, phosphatidylinositol-4phosphate 5-kinase (Shimada et al. 2004). It is clear that during the evolution of the plastid replication process, plant nuclear genes were recruited to interact with 18 Kevin Pyke Fig. 3. A tentative model for the arrangement of proteins and the plastid dividing rings at the midpoint of a plastid about to commence division.

The plastid division process involves the constriction of the plastid centrally, which eventually leads to a pinching of the envelope membrane and fusion producing two separate daughter plastids, a process termed binary fission. Progress in understanding the molecular basis of the plastid division machinery has been significant in the last 15 years due to approaches on two fronts. Firstly mutants of Arabidopsis were identified in which chloroplast numbers in leaf cells were altered significantly and secondly, genes involved in prokaryotic cell division were discovered in plant genomes and shown to function in plastid division (Pyke and Leech 1994; Pyke 1999).

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