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Phosphorus, one of the essential elements for plants, is often a limiting nutrient because of its low availability and mobility in soils. Significant changes in plant morphology and biochemical processes are associated with phosphate (Pi) deficiency. However, the molecular bases of these responses to Pi deficiency are not thoroughly elucidated. Therefore, a(More)
In many soils plants have to grow in a shortage of phosphate, leading to development of phosphate-saving mechanisms. At the cellular level, these mechanisms include conversion of phospholipids into glycolipids, mainly digalactosyldiacylglycerol (DGDG). The lipid changes are not restricted to plastid membranes where DGDG is synthesized and resides under(More)
Thylakoid membranes, the universal structure where photosynthesis takes place in all oxygenic photosynthetic organisms from cyanobacteria to higher plants, have a unique lipid composition. They contain a high fraction of 2 uncharged glycolipids, the galactoglycerolipids mono- and digalactosyldiacylglycerol (MGDG and DGDG, respectively), and an anionic(More)
Monogalactosyldiacylglycerol (MGDG) and digalactosyldiacylglycerol (DGDG) are the main lipids in photosynthetic membranes in plant cells. They are synthesized in the envelope surrounding plastids by MGD and DGD galactosyltransferases. These galactolipids are critical for the biogenesis of photosynthetic membranes, and they act as a source of polyunsaturated(More)
Membranes of plant organelles have specific glycerolipid compositions. Selective distribution of lipids at the levels of subcellular organelles, membrane leaflets and membrane domains reflects a complex and finely tuned lipid homeostasis. Glycerolipid neosynthesis occurs mainly in plastid envelope and endoplasmic reticulum membranes. Since most lipids are(More)
The pyrenoid is a subcellular microcompartment in which algae sequester the primary carboxylase, ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco). The pyrenoid is associated with a CO(2)-concentrating mechanism (CCM), which improves the operating efficiency of carbon assimilation and overcomes diffusive limitations in aquatic photosynthesis. Using(More)
Stromules are stroma-filled tubules that extend from the surface of plastids and allow the transfer of proteins as large as 550 kDa between interconnected plastids. The aim of the present study was to determine if plastid DNA or plastid ribosomes are able to enter stromules, potentially permitting the transfer of genetic information between plastids.(More)
Diatoms constitute a major phylum of phytoplankton biodiversity in ocean water and freshwater ecosystems. They are known to respond to some chemical variations of the environment by the accumulation of triacylglycerol, but the relative changes occurring in membrane glycerolipids have not yet been studied. Our goal was first to define a reference for the(More)
In plants, phosphate deprivation is normally known to decrease the phospholipid content consistent with a mobilization of the phosphate reserve, and conversely to increase non-phosphorous membrane lipids such as digalactosyldiacylglycerol. We report here that unexpectedly, at an early stage of phosphate starvation, phosphatidylcholine (PC) increases(More)
Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular parasite that contains a relic plastid, called the apicoplast, deriving from a secondary endosymbiosis with an ancestral alga. Metabolic labelling experiments using [14C]acetate led to a substantial production of numerous glycero- and sphingo-lipid classes in extracellular tachyzoites. Syntheses of all these(More)