© 1998

Lipids in Photosynthesis: Structure, Function and Genetics

  • Paul-André Siegenthaler 
  • Norio Murata 

Part of the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration book series (AIPH, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Norio Murata, Paul-André Siegenthaler
    Pages 1-20
  3. Jacques Joyard, Eric Maréchal, Christine Miège, Maryse A. Block, Albert-Jean Dorne, Roland Douce
    Pages 21-52
  4. John L. Harwood
    Pages 53-64
  5. Hajime Wada, Norio Murata
    Pages 65-81
  6. Paul-André Siegenthaler, Antoine Trémolières
    Pages 145-173
  7. Antoine Trémolières, Paul-André Siegenthaler
    Pages 175-189
  8. Ben de Kruijff, Rien Pilon, Ron van’ t Hof, Rudy Demel
    Pages 191-208
  9. Perumal Vijayan, Jean-Marc Routaboul, John Browse
    Pages 263-285
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 303-322

About this book


Lipids in Photosynthesis provides readers with a comprehensive view of the structure, function and genetics of lipids in plants, algae and bacteria, with special emphasis on the photosynthetic apparatus in thylakoid membranes. This volume includes the historical background of the field, as well as a full review of our current understanding of the structure and molecular organization of lipids and their role in the functions of photosynthetic membranes. The physical properties of membrane lipids in thylakoid membranes and their relationship to photosynthesis are also discussed. Other topics include the biosynthesis of glycerolipids and triglycerides; reconstitution of photosynthetic structures and activities with lipids; lipid-protein interactions in the import of proteins into chloroplasts; the development of thylakoid membranes as it relates to lipids; genetic engineering of the unsaturation of membrane glycerolipids, with a focus on the ability of the photosynthetic machinery to tolerate temperature stress; and the involvement of chloroplast lipids in the reactions of plants upon exposure to stress. This book is intended for a wide audience and should be of interest to advanced undergraduate and graduate students and to researchers active in the field, as well as to those scientists whose fields of specialization include the biochemistry, physiology, molecular biology, biophysics and biotechnology of membranes.


Biophysics Chloroplast Glycerolipid Lipid Protein algae biochemistry biotechnology genetic engineering photosynthesis physiology proteins temperature

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul-André Siegenthaler 
    • 1
  • Norio Murata 
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physiologie VégétaleUniversité de NeuchâtelNeuchâtelSwitzerland
  2. 2.National Institute for Basic BiologyOkazakiJapan

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` ... the book is an excellent source of information on an interesting field of plant science where much progress has been made in recent years. The book can equally be recommended to graduate students and researchers working in all fields of photosynthesis and plant lipid metabolism. It is also of great interest to scientists and graduate students in various neighbouring fields such as molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology or agronomy and also to agrofood scientists.'
Plant Science, 142 (1999)
` ... the book is a valuable source of information for graduate students and researchers active in the fields of photosynthesis and acyl lipid metabolism. The book can also be recommended to students and scientists in neighbouring fields such as biochemistry, molecular biology or biotechnology and to agrofood scientists.'
Journal of Plant Physiology, 155:2 (1999)
`The book can be recommended for all experts interested in all branches of photosynthesis research as basic source.'
Biologia Plantarum, 43:4(2000)