Sulfur Metabolism in Plastids

  • Elizabeth A. H. Pilon-Smits
  • Marinus Pilon
Part of the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration book series (AIPH, volume 23)

Sulfur is an essential element for plant primary metabolism as a structural component of proteins and lipids, antioxidants, regulatory molecules, metal-binding molecules and cofactors/coenzymes. The various steps involved in the reduction of sulfate and its assimilation into cysteine happen predominantly or exclusively in plastids. Cysteine holds a central position in S metabolism and is used for the biosynthesis of a variety of other reduced S compounds including methionine, S-adenosylmethionine, glutathione and phytochelatins, the coenzymes thiamine, biotin, lipoic acid and Coenzyme-A, the Molybdenum cofactor and Fe-S clusters. In this chapter we will give an overview of S metabolism in higher plants, focusing on the role of plastids. The regulation of S metabolism is discussed, as well as the involvement of S metabolic pathways in metabolism of other oxyanions. We conclude with an overview of results from genetic engineering of S pathway enzymes.


Lipoic Acid Sulfur Metabolism Sulfate Transporter Sulfur Assimilation Sulfate Permease 
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  • Elizabeth A. H. Pilon-Smits
    • 1
  • Marinus Pilon
    • 1
  1. 1.Biology DepartmentColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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