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Photosynth Res. 2007 May;92(2):205-15. Epub 2007 Jul 17.

The essential role of phosphatidylglycerol in photosynthesis.

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Department of Life Sciences, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo, Komaba 3-8-1, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8902, Japan.

Abstract

Since the first identification of phosphatidylglycerol in Scenedesmus by Benson and Maruo in 1958, researchers have studied many biological functions of this phospholipid. Genetic, biochemical, and structural studies of photosynthetic organisms have revealed that phosphatidylglycerol is crucial to the photosynthetic transport of electrons, the development of chloroplasts, and tolerance to chilling. In this review, we summarize our present understanding of the biochemical and physiological functions of phosphatidylglycerol in cyanobacteria and higher plants.

PMID:
17634751
DOI:
10.1007/s11120-007-9203-z
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