© 2007

Cell and Molecular Biology of Plastids

  • Editors
  • Ralph Bock

Part of the Topics in Current Genetics book series (TCG, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. Anil Day, Panagiotis Madesis
    Pages 65-119
  3. Karsten Liere, Thomas Börner
    Pages 121-174
  4. Thomas J. Bollenbach, Gadi Schuster, Victoria Portnoy, David B. Stern
    Pages 175-211
  5. Christian Schmitz-Linneweber, Alice Barkan
    Pages 213-248
  6. Hadas Peled-Zehavi, Avihai Danon
    Pages 249-281
  7. Eira Kanervo, Marjaana Suorsa, Eva-Mari Aro
    Pages 283-313
  8. Birgit Agne, Felix Kessler
    Pages 339-370
  9. Hans-Ulrich Koop, Stefan Herz, Timothy J. Golds, Jörg Nickelsen
    Pages 457-510
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 511-524

About this book


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.


Biogen Chloroplast Chloroplasts DNA Expression Proteomics biotechnology gene expression molecular biology protein recombination regulation transcription transgen translation

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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. Tichý, Photosynthetica, Vol. 46 (3), 2008)