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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2002 Jun;5(3):199-206.

A plant for all seasons: alterations in photosynthetic carbon metabolism during cold acclimation in Arabidopsis.

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  • 1Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology, 1, 14476 Golm, Am M├╝hlenberg, Germany.


Low temperatures lead to the inhibition of sucrose synthesis and photosynthesis. The biochemical and physiological adaptations of plants to low temperatures include the post-translational activation and increased expression of enzymes of the sucrose synthesis pathway, the changed expression of Calvin cycle enzymes, and changes in the leaf protein content. Recent progress has been made in understanding both the signals that trigger these processes and how the regulation of photosynthetic carbon metabolism interacts with other processes during cold acclimation.

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