Relationship of Chlorophyll Biosynthesis to the Assembly of Chlorophyll-Protein Complexes

  • Constantin A. Rebeiz


Chlorophyll biosynthetic heterogeneity (Rebeiz et al. 2003a) refers (a) either to spatial biosynthetic heterogeneity, (b) to chemical biosynthetic heterogeneity, or (c) to a combination of spatial and chemical biosynthetic heterogeneities. Spatial biosynthetic heterogeneity refers to the biosynthesis of an anabolic tetrapyrrole or end product by identical sets of enzymes, at several different locations of the thylakoid membranes. On the other hand, chemical biosynthetic heterogeneity refers to the biosynthesis of an anabolic tetrapyrrole or end product at several different locations of the thylakoid membranes, via different biosynthetic routes, each involving at least one different enzyme. Figures 8.2 and 8.3 in Chap. 8 organize all known Chl biosynthetic reactions into a logical scheme made up of multiple biosynthetic routes. Each route consists of one or more biosynthetic reactions that has been discussed in some details in previous chapters.


Thylakoid Membrane Biosynthetic Route Photosynthetic Unit Single Location Model Multilocation Model 
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  • Constantin A. Rebeiz
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  1. 1.Rebeiz Foundation for Basic ResearchChampaignUSA

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