Organization and Expression of Genes of Plastid Chromosomes from Non-Angiospermous Land Plants and Green Algae

  • Kanji Ohyama
Part of the Plant Gene Research book series (GENE)


Since the presence of DNA was first detected in the chloroplasts of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (Sager and Ishida, 1963), there has been intensive study of molecular aspects of plastid DNA from various species of green cells. Chloroplasts are photosynthetic organelles that have their own genetic system, separate from the nuclear genome, which also encodes various plastid proteins. The organization of plastid genomes has been reviewed elsewhere (Whitfeld and Bottomley, 1983; Palmer, 1985, 1992). The complete nucleotide sequences of the plastid genomes of a liverwort, Marchantia polymorpha (Ohyama et al., 1986, 1988a–c) (Fig. 1), angiosperms, tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) (Shinozaki et al., 1986) and rice (Oryza sativa) (Hiratsuka et al., 1989), have been reported, providing new knowledge of plastid genome organization and gene expression. This chapter focuses on the characteristic features of plastid genomes, genes, and gene expression from non-angiospermous land plants and the green alga, C. reinhardtii and Euglena gracilis (Whittier and Sugiura, 1992), Euglena chloroplast DNA was recently reviewed by Hallick and Buetow (1989).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kanji Ohyama
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology, Department of Agricultural Chemistry, Faculty of AgricultureKyoto UniversityKyoto 606Japan

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