Functional Organization of Carotenoids and Prenylquinones in the Photosynthetic Membrane

  • Hartmut K. Lichtenthaler


The three types of plant prenyllipids, the chlorophylls, carotenoids and prenylquinones, are integral components of a functional photosynthetic apparatus. The functional organization of these prenyllipids within the photosynthetic membrane is far from being well understood. Our present knowledge of the functional association and partition of individual carotenoids and prenylquinones with pigment proteins is reviewed. The importance of galacto- and phospholipids for a functional integration of pigments and prenylquinones in the photosynthetic membrane is underlined by results with the new grass-herbicide sethoxydim, which inhibits glycerolipid biosynthesis and blocks the accumulation - but not the biosynthesis - of pigments and prenylquinones.


Cyclic Electron Flow Photosynthetic Membrane FEBS Letter Plant Lipid Grass Weed 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hartmut K. Lichtenthaler
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  1. 1.Botanisches Institut (Plant Physiology)Univ. of KarlsruheKarlsruheWest-Germany

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