Adi Zaltsman

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FtsH protease is important in chloroplast biogenesis and thylakoid maintenance. Although bacteria contain only one essential FTSH gene, multiple genes exist in cyanobacteria and higher plants. However, the functional significance of FTSH multiplication in plants is unclear. We hypothesized that some FTSH genes may be redundant. To test this hypothesis, we(More)
Arabidopsis yellow variegated1 (VAR1) and VAR2 are separate loci that encode similar chloroplast FtsH proteases. To date, FtsH is the best-characterized protease in thylakoid membranes involved in the turnover of photosynthetic protein complexes. It comprises a protein family that is encoded by 12 different nuclear genes in Arabidopsis. We show here that(More)
The chloroplast ATP-dependent metalloprotease FtsH is involved in the degradation of unassembled proteins, the repair of photosystem II (PSII) from photoinhibition, and, apparently, the formation of thylakoids. In Arabidopsis, it is encoded by a family of 12 genes. However, the products of only four of them, FtsH1, 2, 5 and 8, have been found in(More)
The proteolytic machinery of chloroplasts and mitochondria in Arabidopsis consists primarily of three families of ATP-dependent proteases, Clp, Lon, and FtsH, and one family of ATP-independent proteases, DegP. However, the functional significance of the multiplicity of their genes is not clear. To test whether expression of specific isomers could be(More)
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