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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2003 Dec;6(6):577-82.

Entering a new era of research on plant peroxisomes.

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National Institute for Basic Biology, Okazaki 444-8585, Japan.

Abstract

Peroxisomes are globular organelles, of approximately 1 microm in diameter, that are found ubiquitously in eukaryotic cells. In higher plants, peroxisomes have been believed to play a pivotal role in three metabolic pathways: lipid breakdown, photorespiration and H2O2-detoxificaton. However, recent progress using Arabidopsis mutants has suggested that peroxisomes have more diverse functions than are known at present. Extensive studies using genetic and post-genomic approaches will renovate our present understanding of the functions of peroxisomes in plants.

PMID:
14611956
DOI:
10.1016/j.pbi.2003.09.012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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