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Of chromoplasts and chaperones

TitleOf chromoplasts and chaperones
Publication TypeArticolo su Rivista peer-reviewed
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsGiuliano, Giovanni, and Diretto Gianfranco
JournalTrends in Plant Science
KeywordsBrassica, Brassica oleracea var. botrytis, cell differentiation, chaperone, chemistry, cytology, heat shock protein 40, HSP40 Heat-Shock Proteins, metabolism, Molecular Chaperones, Plant Proteins, plastid, Plastids, Protein Structure, protein tertiary structure, short survey, Solanum tuberosum, Tertiary, vegetable protein

Chromoplasts are carotenoid-accumulating plastids found in many fruits and flowers. In a new paper, Li and colleagues show that the Or gene of cauliflower induces differentiation of β-carotene-containing chromoplasts in the (normally non-pigmented) curd tissue. This is the first time that a gene product controlling chromoplast differentiation is described. Or encodes an evolutionarily conserved DnaJ cysteine-rich domain-containing protein that can be used for metabolic engineering in crop plants, such as potato. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


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