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Sulfur Metabolism in Phototrophic Organisms

  • Rüdiger Hell
  • Christiane Dahl
  • David Knaff
  • Thomas Leustek

Benefits

  • First volume that integrates knowledge on sulfur metabolism plants, algae and phototrophic prokaryotes

  • Comprehensive overview on phototrophic microbial sulfur and energy metabolism

  • Compilation of biochemical genomics of sulfur-driven processes in photosynthetic bacteria and plants

  • Comprehensive overview of plant sulfur relations from genome to environment

Book

Part of the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration book series (AIPH, volume 27)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxv
  2. General Chapters: Sulfate Activation and Reduction, Biosynthesis of Sulfur Containing Amino Acids

    1. Christiane Dahl, Rüdiger Hell, Thomas Leustek, David Knaff
      Pages 1-14
    2. Stanislav Kopriva, Nicola J. Patron, Patrick Keeling, Thomas Leustek
      Pages 31-58
    3. Rüdiger Hell, Markus Wirtz
      Pages 59-91
    4. Holger Hesse, Rainer Hoefgen
      Pages 93-110
    5. Cinta Hernàndez-Sebastiá, Luc Varin, Frédéric Marsolais
      Pages 111-130
    6. Lolla Padmavathi, Hong Ye, Elizabeth A. H. Pilon-Smits, Marinus Pilon
      Pages 131-147
  3. Sulfur in Plants and Algae

    1. Christoph Benning, R. Michael Garavito, Mie Shimojima
      Pages 185-200
    2. Meike Burow, Ute Wittstock, Jonathan Gershenzon
      Pages 201-222
    3. Robert Hänsch, Ralf R. Mendel
      Pages 223-230
    4. Nakako Shibagaki, Arthur Grossman
      Pages 231-267
  4. Sulfur in Phototrophic Prokaryotes

  5. Ecology and Biotechnology

    1. Jörg Overmann
      Pages 375-396

About this book

Introduction

Sulfur is one of the most versatile elements in life due to its reactivity in different oxidation and reduction states. In phototrophic organisms, the redox properties of sulfur in proteins, and of sulfur-containing metabolites, are particularly important in the interaction between the reductive assimilation processes of photosynthesis and reactive oxygen species that arise as by-products of electron transport chains. Thiol groups in proteins and metabolites are targets of reactive oxygen species, resulting in potential damage and at the same time giving rise to redox signal cascades that trigger repair reactions and adaptation to environmental stress. Further, reduced sulfur compounds play a prominent role as electron donors for photosynthetic carbon dioxide fixation in anoxygenic phototrophic sulfur bacteria. Interest in the investigation of the multiple functions of sulfur-related processes has increased exponentially in recent years, especially in molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, agrobiotechnology and ecology. This book provides, for the first time, in-depth and integrated coverage of the functions of sulfur in phototrophic organisms including bacteria, plants and algae; it bridges gaps between biochemistry and cellular biology of sulfur in these organisms, and of biology and environments dominated by them. This book is designed to be a comprehensive resource on sulfur in phototrophic organisms for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, beginning researchers and teachers in the area of photosynthesis, bacterial energy metabolism, biotechnology, plant nutrition, plant production and plant molecular physiology.

Keywords

Oxidation agrobiotechnology algae biochemistry biotechnology metabolism organisma oxidization photosynthesis phototrophic physiology proteins redox sulfur systematics

Editors and affiliations

  • Rüdiger Hell
    • 1
  • Christiane Dahl
    • 2
  • David Knaff
    • 3
  • Thomas Leustek
    • 4
  1. 1.University of HeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.University of BonnGermany
  3. 3.Texas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA
  4. 4.Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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Reviews

From the reviews:

"This book is volume 27 of the series ‘Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration’. … The majority of authors are scientists well known from the literature. … The book is supplemented by many instructive tables and figures … and by a detailed numerical and alphabetical subject index. … volume 27 should certainly be on bookshelves of photosynthesis laboratories and university or research libraries." (Z. Šesták, Photosynthetica, Vol. 46 (4), 2008)

"The book in general provides a comprehensive and integrative knowledge of sulphur biology in phototrophic organisms. … The book is … useful for students and researchers in chemistry, plant and microbial physiology, and molecular biology. It is specially designed for advanced level graduate students working in the area of photosynthesis and bacterial bioenergetics. … The book … is useful for students working in agro-biotechnology. … I strongly recommend this book to libraries of universities and research institutions around the world." (Basanti Biswal, Current Science, Vol. 96 (4), February, 2009)

“The new volume of the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration acquaints us with the metabolism of sulfur in photosynthetic systems. … the four chief editors, another 55 authors of the individual chapters participated in writing this book, scientists literally from all over the world. Thus, thanks to the editor of the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration, Prof. Govindjee, an up-to-date, complete and well classified review of the contemporary knowledge of the sulfur metabolism in phototrophs is now available to the scientific public.” (D. Sofrova, Biologia Plantarum, Vol. 53 (3), September, 2009)

“The new volume of the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration acquaints us with the metabolism of sulfur in photosynthetic systems. … the four chief editors, another 55 authors of the individual chapters participated in writing this book, scientists literally from all over the world. Thus, thanks to the editor of the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration, Prof. Govindjee, an up-to-date, complete and well classified review of the contemporary knowledge of the sulfur metabolism in phototrophs is now available to the scientific public.” (D. Sofrova, Biologia Plantarum, Vol. 53 (3), September, 2009)