Plastid Transcription: Competition, Regulation and Promotion by Plastid- and Nuclear-Encoded Polymerases

  • A. Bruce Cahoon
  • Yutaka Komine
  • David B. Stern
Part of the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration book series (AIPH, volume 23)

Complete plastid function, including gene expression, is necessary for photosynthesis. Furthermore, plastid genomes have been retained in non-photosynthetic plants (Wolfe et al., 1992) and even in the distantly related Apicomplexans (Wilson et al., 2003; see Chapter 24), which suggests that they have key functions outside of photosynthesis. Recently published reverse genetic experiments from Arabidopsis and tobacco (Ahlert et al., 2003; Kuroda and Maliga, 2003; Yao et al., 2003) provided the first direct evidence that plastid-encoded or plastid-localized proteins are necessary for embryogenic tissues to grow or develop.

Keywords

Maize Codon Fractionation Polypeptide Photosynthesis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Bruce Cahoon
    • 1
  • Yutaka Komine
    • 2
  • David B. Stern
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of BiologyMiddle Tennessee State UniversityMurfreesboroUSA
  2. 2.Department of Plant & Microbial BiologyUniversity of California-BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  3. 3.Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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