Department of Plant Biology, Department of Biochemistry, and

Center of Biophysics and Computational Biology

The Structure and Function

Of Plastids


Edited by

Robert R. Wise, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI, USA


J. Kenneth Hoober, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA


[Series Editor: GOVINDJEE (]

The Structure and Function of Plastids is Volume 23 in the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration Series. This volume provides a comprehensive look at the biology of plastids, the multifunctional biosynthetic factories that are unique to plants and algae. Fifty-nine international experts have contributed 27 chapters that cover all aspects of this large and diverse family of plant and algal organelles. The book is divided into five sections: (I): Plastid Origin and Development; (II): The Plastid Genome and Its Interaction with the Nuclear Genome; (III): Photosynthetic Metabolism in Plastids; (IV): Non-Photosynthetic Metabolism in Plastids; (V): Plastid Differentiation and Response to Environmental Factors. Each chapter includes an integrated view of plant biology from the standpoint of the plastid.The book is intended for a wide audience, but is specifically designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students and scientists in the fields of photosynthesis, biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, and plant biology.

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*Contents (See pdf file)

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From the Series Editor



A Dedication to Pioneers of Research on Chloroplast Structure, pp xxiii-xxxi

Brian Gunning, Frederiecke Koenig and Govindjee

Color Plates

Section I Plastid Origin and Development


Section I: Plastid Origin and Development

1 The Diversity of Plastid Form and Function, pp. 3-25

Robert R. Wise

2 Chloroplast Development: Whence and Whither, pp.27-51

J. Kenneth Hoober

3 Protein Import Into Chloroplasts: Who, When, and How? pp. 53-74

Ute C. Vothknecht and Jurgen Soll

4 Origin and Evolution of Plastids: Genomic View on the Unification and Diversity of Plastids, pp.75-102

Naoki Sato

5 The Mechanism of Plastid Division: The Structure and Origin of The Plastid Division Apparatus, pp.103-121

Shin-ya Miyagishima and Tsuneyoshi Kuroiwa


Section II: The Plastid Genome and its Interaction with the Nuclear Genome

6 Expression, Prediction and Function of the Thylakoid Proteome in Higher Plants and Green Algae, pp125-143

Klaas van Wijk

7 The Role of Nucleus- and Chloroplast-Encoded Factors in the Synthesis of the Photosynthetic Apparatus, pp145-165

Jean-David Rochaix

8 Plastid Transcription: Competition, Regulation and Promotion by Plastid- and Nuclear-Encoded Polymerases, pp167-181

A. Bruce Cahoon, Yutaka Komine and David B. Stern

9 Plastid-to-Nucleus Signaling, pp183-197

Asa Strand, Tatjana Kleine and Joanne Chory

10 Trace Metal Utilization in Chloroplasts, pp199-218

Sabeeha Merchant


Section III: Photosynthetic Metabolism in Plastids

11 Light/Dark Regulation of Chloroplast Metabolism, pp221-236

Shaodong Dai, Kenth Johansson, Hans Eklund and Peter Schurmann

12 Chlororespiratory Pathways and Their Physiological Significance, pp237-251

Peter J. Nixon and Peter R. Rich

13 CO2 Concentrating Mechanisms, pp253-271

Sue G. Bartlett, Mautusi Mitra and James V. Moroney

14 Synthesis, Export and Partitioning of the End Products of Photosynthesis, pp273-292

Andreas P.M. Weber


Section IV: Non-Photosynthetic Metabolism in Plastids

15 Chlorophyll Synthesis, pp295-313

Robert D. Willows

16 Carotenoids, pp315-334

Abby J. Cuttriss, Joanna L. Mimica, Barry J. Pogson and Crispin A. Howitt

17 Lipid Synthesis, Metabolism and Transport, pp335-353

Peter Dormann

18 Amino Acid Synthesis in Plastids, pp355-385

Muriel Lancien, Peter J. Lea and Ricardo A. Azevedo

19 Sulfur Metabolism in Plastids, pp387-402

Elizabeth A.H. Pilon-Smits and Marinus Pilon

20 Regulation and Role of Ca++ Fluxes in the Chloroplast, pp403-416

Carl Hirschie Johnson, Richard Shingles, and William F. Ettinger


Section V: Plastid Differentiation and Response to Environmental Factors

21 The Role of Plastids in Ripening Fruits, pp419-432

Florence Bouvier and Bilal Camara

22 Fate and Activities of Plastids During Leaf Senescence, pp433-449

Karin Krupinska

23 The Kleptoplast, pp451-473

Mary E. Rumpho, Farahad P. Dastoor, James R. Manhart and Jungho Lee

24 The Apicoplast, pp475-505

Soledad Funes, Xochitl Perez-Martınez, Adrian Reyes-Prieto, Diego Gonzalez-Halphen

25 The Role of Plastids in Gravitropism, pp507-525

Maria Palmieri and John Z. Kiss

26 Chloroplast Movements in Response to Environmental Signals, pp527-537

Yoshikatsu Sato and Akeo Kadota

27 Oxygen Metabolism and Stress Physiology, pp539-553

Barry A. Logan



Subject Index


Species Index


Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.
2006, xxxii+7 Color Plates+574 pp
ISBN-10 1-4020-4060-1 (HB), ISBN-13 978-1-4020-4060-3(HB),ISBN-10 1-4020-4061-X (e-book), ISBN-13 978-1-4020-4061-0 (e-book)

Volume 23 in the series: Advances in Photosynthesis, Govindjee, series editor.

Book Review of the Entire Series

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Prepared by Govindjee and Nanguo Yuan

04 May 2006