Cell and Molecular Biology of Plastids

Edited by Ralph Bock 
Springer  November 2007  

Hardcover  524 pp  ISBN 9783540753759      £233.00
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.

Of interest to plant molecular biologists


  • Plastid biogenesis and differentiation, Kevin Pyke
  • Structure, function, and inheritance of plastid genomes, Ralph Bock
  • DNA replication, recombination, and repair in plastids, Anil Day and Panagiotis Madesis
  • Transcription and transcriptional regulation in plastids, Karsten Liere and Thomas Börner
  • Processing, degradation, and polyadenylation of chloroplast transcripts, Thomas J. Bollenbach, Gadi Schuster, Victoria Portnoy, and David B. Stern
  • RNA splicing and RNA editing in chloroplasts, Christian Schmitz-Linneweber and Alice Barkan
  • Translation and translational regulation in chloroplasts, Hadas Peled-Zehavi and Avihai Danon
  • Assembly of protein complexes in plastids, Eira Kanervo, Marjaana Suorsa, and Eva-Mari Aro
  • Protein stability and degradation in plastids , Zach Adam
  • Protein import into plastids, Birgit Agne and Felix Kessler
  • Insights into chloroplast proteomics: from basic principles to new horizons, Bianca Naumann and Michael Hippler
  • Plastid-nucleus communication: anterograde and retrograde signalling in the development and function
  • of plastids, Katharina Bräutigam, Lars Dietzel, and Thomas Pfannschmidt
  • The genetic transformation of plastids , Hans-Ulrich Koop, Stefan Herz, Timothy J Golds, and Jörg Nickelsen Index
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