The plant proteins and peptides and their localization in cells and tissues

  • E. W. Yemm
Part of the Handbuch der Pflanzenphysiologie / Encyclopedia of Plant Physiology book series (532, volume 8)


Many of the foundations for the study of the proteins of plant tissues are to be found in the pioneer researches of H. Ritthausen (1862–1912) and of T.B. Osborne (1859–1929). The chief objective of this early work was the separation and purification of proteins from other plant constituents; Osborne (1924) in particular described methods for the preparation of protein from a wide variety of fruits and seeds and put forward a system for the classification of these reserve proteins which is still widely used. The separation of proteins from vegetative plant structures, such as leaves, was systematically investigated by Chibnall and his collaborators. As a result of this work, reviewed by Chibnall (1939), proteins associated with protoplasmic structures of the cytoplasm and chloroplast became accessible for investigation of their physicochemical properties and constituent amino-acids.


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