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FEBS Lett. 2012 Aug 31;586(18):2946-54. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2012.07.005. Epub 2012 Jul 13.

Evidence for nucleotide-dependent processes in the thylakoid lumen of plant chloroplasts--an update.

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  • 1Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden.


The thylakoid lumen is an aqueous chloroplast compartment enclosed by the thylakoid membrane network. Bioinformatic and proteomic studies indicated the existence of 80-90 thylakoid lumenal proteins in Arabidopsis thaliana, having photosynthetic, non-photosynthetic or unclassified functions. None of the identified lumenal proteins had canonical nucleotide-binding motifs. It was therefore suggested that, in contrast to the chloroplast stroma harboring nucleotide-dependent enzymes and other proteins, the thylakoid lumen is a nucleotide-free compartment. Based on recent findings, we provide here an updated view about the presence of nucleotides in the thylakoid lumen of plant chloroplasts, and their role in function and dynamics of photosynthetic complexes.

Copyright © 2012 Federation of European Biochemical Societies. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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