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Carotenoids in Nature

Biosynthesis, Regulation and Function

  • Claudia Stange
  • Takes readers from general information to the latest, ongoing research on carotenoids

  • Collates general information on carotenoid biosynthesis and function in organisms, yeast, bacteria and plants

  • Presents recent advances on apocarotenoid research, as well as on plastid differentiation and epigenetic regulation

  • Explores metabolic engineering of carotenoids in crops, fruits, seeds


Part of the Subcellular Biochemistry book series (SCBI, volume 79)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Biosynthesis of Carotenoids

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jennifer Alcaíno, Marcelo Baeza, Víctor Cifuentes
      Pages 3-33
    3. Carolina Rosas-Saavedra, Claudia Stange
      Pages 35-69
    4. Delia B. Rodriguez-Amaya
      Pages 71-108
  3. Regulation of Carotenoids Biosynthesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Hideki Hashimoto, Chiasa Uragami, Richard J. Cogdell
      Pages 111-139
    3. Joanna Lado, Lorenzo Zacarías, María Jesús Rodrigo
      Pages 161-198
    4. Kevin Simpson, Ariel Cerda, Claudia Stange
      Pages 199-217
    5. Vitalia Henríquez, Carolina Escobar, Janeth Galarza, Javier Gimpel
      Pages 219-237
    6. Juan Camilo Moreno Beltran, Claudia Stange
      Pages 239-272
    7. Li Li, Hui Yuan, Yunliu Zeng, Qiang Xu
      Pages 273-293
    8. Jacobo Arango, Jesús Beltrán, Jonathan Nuñez, Paul Chavarriaga
      Pages 295-307
  4. Carotenoids for Human Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Enriqueta Alós, Maria Jesús Rodrigo, Lorenzo Zacarias
      Pages 311-343
    3. Ana Augusta Odorissi Xavier, Antonio Pérez-Gálvez
      Pages 359-375
    4. M. Luisa Bonet, Jose A. Canas, Joan Ribot, Andreu Palou
      Pages 377-414
    5. Braulio Cervantes-Paz, Claudia I. Victoria-Campos, José de Jesús Ornelas-Paz
      Pages 415-454

About this book


This comprehensive, edited book explores carotenoids and their important functional roles in yeast, bacteria and plants and a profound exposition on the structures of carotenoid molecules, focusing in the first of three parts on the biosynthesis of carotenoids. The regulation of carotenoid biosynthesis in photosynthesis as well as in plant, fruits, storage roots and algae is central to the second part, and discoveries about the function of carotenoids in human health feature in the third and final part. Many helpful illustrations, explanations, overviews and examples help to bring readers up to date on relevant themes including carotenogenic genes, carotenoids in fruits and metabolic engineering.

The book explores where carotenoids are synthesized in nature, including in carrots and algae. Contributing expert authors examine enzyme functions and plant models, and analyze the structure of carotenoid molecules. The function of carotenoids in photosynthesis and in photosynthetic organs as well as during fruit ripening are then explored. A whole chapter is dedicated to the latest research on apocarotenoids and further chapters cover interesting and novel themes on plastid development and the epigenetic regulation that affects carotenoid synthesis in plants. The metabolic engineering of carotenoids that has been done in fruits, plants, and seeds is another area that readers can explore, along with evidences on the function of carotenoids in human nutrition, as antioxidants, as in the control of lipid metabolism and in the absorption of carotenoids.

This is a highly informative and wide-ranging work which will update researchers in the field, as well as supporting students of plant physiology and biotechnology, as supplementary reading.


Carotenoid synthesis regulation Carotenogenic genes Carotenoid function Carotenoids in fruits, roots, leaves Metabolic engineering

Editors and affiliations

  • Claudia Stange
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro de Biología Molecular Vegetal, Departamento de Biología, Facultad de CienciasUniversidad de ChileSantiagoChile

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Carotenoids in Nature
  • Book Subtitle Biosynthesis, Regulation and Function
  • Editors Claudia Stange
  • Series Title Subcellular Biochemistry
  • Series Abbreviated Title Subcellular Biochemistry
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-39124-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-81824-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-39126-7
  • Series ISSN 0306-0225
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 457
  • Number of Illustrations 25 b/w illustrations, 22 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Protein Science
    Food Science
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