Organization and Structure of the Genes for the β and ε Subunits of Spinach and Pea Chloroplast ATPase

  • P. R. Whitfeld
  • G. Zurawski
  • W. Bottomley
Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 63)


Chloroplast ATPase (CF1) is composed of five subunits, three of which (α,β and ε) are synthesized within the chloroplast (see (1) for references) and coded by chloroplast genes (2). The γ and δ subunits are synthesized in the cytoplasm and are presumed to be coded by nuclear genes (see (1) for references). The genes for the β and ε subunits map close to the gene (rbcL) for the large subunit of ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase but the gene for the α subunit is located some 40 kb away on the spinach chloroplast DNA (cpDNA) map (2). In this paper we report the results of our investigations into the structure and organization of the genes for the β and ε subunits of ATPase from Spinacia oleracea and Pisum sativum chloroplasts.


atpB Gene Maize Chloroplast Chloroplast ATPase Dicistronic mRNA Spinach Plastid Chromosome 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. R. Whitfeld
    • 1
  • G. Zurawski
    • 1
    • 2
  • W. Bottomley
    • 1
  1. 1.CSIRO, Division of Plant IndustryCanberra CityAustralia
  2. 2.DNAX Research InstitutePalo AltoUSA

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