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Thylakoid Membrane Polar Lipids

  • Kleoniki Gounaris
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 168)

Abstract

Oxygenic photosynthetic organisms have maintained a highly conserved polar lipid composition or the thylakoid membranes through their evolution. Essentially four, glycerol based lipid classes comprise the total polar lipid content of the thylakoids or higher plant chloroplasts, eukaryotic algae and cyanobacteria. Of these lipid classes three are glycosylated, to either galactose or glucose, and the glycolipids account for approximately 90% of the total polar lipid fraction. Phospholipid, a major component of other membrane systems, comprises only about 10% of the total.

Keywords

Polar Lipid Thylakoid Membrane Lipid Class Fatty Acyl Fatty Acyl Chain 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kleoniki Gounaris
    • 1
  1. 1.AFRC Photosynthesis Research Group, Department of Pure & Applied BiologyImperial CollegeLondonUK

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