The biochemical basis for structural diversity in the carotenoids of chlorophototrophic bacteria

Julia A. Maresca, Joel E. Graham, Donald A. Bryant

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Abstract

Ongoing work has led to the identification of most of the biochemical steps in carotenoid biosynthesis in chlorophototrophic bacteria. In carotenogenesis, a relatively small number of modifications leads to a great diversity of carotenoid structures. This review examines the individual steps in the pathway, discusses how each contributes to structural diversity among carotenoids, and summarizes recent progress in elucidating the biosynthetic pathways for carotenoids in chlorophototrophs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-140
Number of pages20
JournalPhotosynthesis research
Volume97
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology

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