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Photosynth Res. 2002;73(1-3):29-49.

Following the path of carbon in photosynthesis: a personal story.

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Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, 92093-0202, USA, abenson@ucsd.edu.

Abstract

Chronological recognition of the intermediates and mechanisms involved in photosynthetic carbon dioxide fixation is delineated. Sam Ruben and Martin Kamen's development of application of radioactive carbon for the study of carbon dioxide fixation provided impetus and techniques for following the path of carbon in photosynthesis. Discovery The identity of the primary carboxylation enzyme and its identity with the major protein of photosynthetic tissues ('Fraction 1' protein of Sam Wildman) is reviewed. Memories are dimmed by sixty years of exciting discoveries exploration in newer fields [see Benson 2002 (Annu Rev Plant Biol 53: 1-25), for research and perspectives beyond the early Berkeley days].

PMID:
16245101
DOI:
10.1023/A:1020427619771

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