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Identification of the Carotenoid Isomerase Provides Insight into Carotenoid Biosynthesis, Prolamellar Body Formation, and Photomorphogenesis

Park, H; Kreunen, S; Cuttriss, Abby; DellaPenna, Dean; Pogson, Barry


Carotenoids are essential photoprotective and antioxidant pigments synthesized by all photosynthetic organisms. Most carotenoid biosynthetic enzymes were thought to have evolved independently in bacteria and plants. For example, in bacteria, a single enzyme (Crtl) catalyzes the four desaturations leading from the colorless compound phytoene to the red compound lycopene, whereas plants require two desaturases (phytoene and ζ-carotene desaturases) that are unrelated to the bacterial enzyme. We...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: The Plant Cell
DOI: 10.1105/tpc.010302


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