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Plastoglobule lipid bodies: their functions in chloroplasts and their potential for applications.

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Institute of Botany, University of Neuch√Ętel, Emile-Argand 11, CP158, 2009, Neuch√Ętel, Switzerland. felix.kessler@unine.ch

Abstract

Plastoglobules are plant lipid bodies localized inside plastids. They have long been considered as mere lipid storage compartments. However, ultrastructural and proteomic data now suggest their involvement in various metabolic pathways, notably the biosynthesis of tocopherols. In this work, the current knowledge on the structure and functions of plastoglobules is reviewed. On the basis of similarities between plastoglobules and seed oleosomes, the potential of plastoglobules for bioengineering applications is discussed.

PMID:
17522825
DOI:
10.1007/10_2007_054
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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