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The past two decades have witnessed an enormous progress in our understanding of plastid (chloroplast) biology. Basic principles of plastid biogenesis, genome structure and function, gene expression and its regulation as well as plastid-nuclear interaction and communication pathways have been elucidated. In addition, the possibility to directly alter the genetic information of the plastid by transformation has facilitated the study of virtually all aspects of plastid biology in vivo and, moreover, has paved the way to diverse applications of transgenic plastids in biotechnology.
The present book provides a comprehensive overview of our current knowledge on plastid biogenesis, plastid-nuclear communication, the regulation of plastid gene expression at all levels, and also assesses the state of the art in key technologies, such as proteomics and chloroplast transformation. Written by recognized experts in the field, it covers plastid differentiation and division, genome structure and function, plastid inheritance, recombination, DNA replication and repair, transcription, RNA processing and translation as well as crucial posttranslational processes in plastid biogenesis and function, including protein processing, the assembly of multiprotein complexes, protein stability and degradation, protein import and sorting.
Plastid biogenesis and differentiation.- Structure, function, and inheritance of plastid genomes.- DNA replication, recombination, and repair in plastids.- Transcription and transcriptional regulation in plastids.- Processing, degradation, and polyadenylation of chloroplast transcripts.- RNA splicing and RNA editing in chloroplasts.- Translation and translational regulation in chloroplasts.- Assembly of protein complexes in plastids.- Protein stability and degradation in plastids.- Protein import into plastids.- Insights into chloroplast proteomics: from basic principles to new horizons.- Plastid-nucleus communication: anterograde and retrograde signalling in the development and function of plastids.- The genetic transformation of plastids.
From the reviews: "As the title suggests, the emphasis of the book is on molecular aspects of plastid biology. ! this volume gives an excellent overview of the progress and current status of molecular studies on plastids, particularly on chloroplast. The book is recommended for all plant molecular biologists, primarily for those working in plastid biology, photosynthesis, and biotechnology." (M. Tichu, Photosynthetica, Vol. 46 (3), 2008)