Molecular genetics of the carotenoid biosynthesis pathway in plants and algae

Joseph Hirschberg, Merav Cohen, Mark Harker, Tamar Lotan, Varda Mann, Iris Pecker

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Abstract

During recent years genes for more than 20 different carotenogenic enzymes have been cloned from various organisms: bacteria, cyanobacteria, fungi, algae and plants. This accomplishment has provided new molecular tools to study the enzymes and yielded new information on their structure, function and regulation. We describe here the recent progress in the molecular genetics of the carotenoid biosynthesis pathway in plants. To date, the genes for almost all the enzymes, from the early steps of the isoprenoid pathway to the predominant xanthophylls, have been cloned. Their characterization had an immense impact on our understanding of carotenoid biosynthesis at the molecular level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2151-2158
Number of pages8
JournalPure and Applied Chemistry
Volume69
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (all)
  • Chemical Engineering (all)

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