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The complexity and evolution of the plastid-division machinery.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20491665     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Plastids are vital organelles, fulfilling important metabolic functions that greatly influence plant growth and productivity. In order to both regulate and harness the metabolic output of plastids, it is vital that the process of plastid division is carefully controlled. This is essential, not only to ensure persistence in dividing plant cells and that optimal numbers of plastids are obtained in specialized cell types, but also to allow the cell to act in response to developmental signals and environmental changes. How this control is exerted by the host nucleus has remained elusive. Plastids evolved by endosymbiosis and during the establishment of a permanent endosymbiosis they retained elements of the bacterial cell-division machinery. Through evolution the photosynthetic eukaryotes have increased dramatically in complexity, from single-cell green algae to multicellular non-vascular and vascular plants. Reflected with this is an increasing complexity of the division machinery and recent findings also suggest increasing complexity in the molecular mechanisms used by the host cell to control the process of plastid division. In the present paper, we explore the current understanding of the process of plastid division at the molecular and cellular level, with particular respect to the evolution of the division machinery and levels of control exerted on the process.
Jodi Maple; Simon Geir Møller
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biochemical Society transactions     Volume:  38     ISSN:  1470-8752     ISO Abbreviation:  Biochem. Soc. Trans.     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-24     Completed Date:  2010-08-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7506897     Medline TA:  Biochem Soc Trans     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  783-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for Organelle Research, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Stavanger, 4036 Stavanger, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Algae, Green / cytology,  metabolism
Plants* / cytology,  metabolism
Plastids / physiology*,  ultrastructure

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