Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 73, Issue 1–3, pp 243–250 | Cite as

Along the trail from Fraction I protein to Rubisco (ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase-oxygenase)

  • Sam G. Wildman


This historical minireview deals with events leading to the eventual discovery of Rubisco (ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase-oxygenase). This abundant leaf protein is not only responsible for the net fixation of CO2 in all plants, but also causes the loss of carbon through photorespiration. The latter is a special ‘problem’ of the so-called ‘C3’ plants. The protein was first called ‘Fraction 1 protein’ before it was recognized to be the same as Rubisco. Instead of reinventing words, text as needed has been freely used from three earlier publications (Wildman and Kwanyuen 1978; Wildman 1992, 1998)

James Bonner A.C. Chibnall fraction 1 protein Solon Gordon Nobumara Kawashima Rubisco Sam Wildman 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cell, Molecular, and Developmental BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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