Functions of the Lytic Compartment

  • Philippe Matile
Part of the Cell Biology Monographs book series (CELLBIOL, volume 1)


Although it has been recognized that various cellular constituents are metabolically labile, detailed studies on turnover have mainly concerned protein and, to a lesser extent, RNA. This is, of course, due to the importance of protein turnover in biochemical cell differentiation. When a species of protein is synthesized at the expense of amino acids produced by the hydrolysis of other protein species, cells may consequently change their biochemical nature. There are, however, comparatively few examples which demonstrate this particular aspect of protein turnover.


Pollen Tube Phytic Acid Acridine Orange RNase Activity Glucanase Activity 


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© Springer-Verlag/Wien 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philippe Matile
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  1. 1.Department of General BotanySwiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ)ZurichSwitzerland

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