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Four genes essential for bacteriochlorophyll biosynthesis were known to be encoded within a 45 kb region of the Rhodobacter sphaeroides genome, the boundaries of which are defined by puh and puf genes for reaction-centre and light-harvesting LH1 complexes. The cluster is represented by eight overlapping inserts cloned in the mobilizable vector pSUP202. We(More)
Leaf plastids of the Arabidopsis pale cress (pac) mutant do not develop beyond the initial stages of differentiation from proplastids or etioplasts and contain only low levels of chlorophylls and carotenoids. Early in development, the epidermis and mesophyll of pac leaves resemble those of wild-type plants. In later stages, mutant leaves have enlarged(More)
The relative levels of mRNA for the reaction-centre L and M subunits, B875 (LH1) alpha and beta polypeptides and B800-850 (LH2) alpha and beta polypeptides, have been measured during pigment induction of Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Over the 6 h of the experiment, bacteriochlorophyll levels increased by at least 100-fold. No transcripts for photosynthetic(More)
A gene of the chloroplast genome has been designated the psbG gene on the basis that in maize the gene product is a 24-kDa polypeptide of photosystem two (PS2) (Steinmetz, A. A., Castroviejo, M., Sayre, R. T., and Bogorad, L. (1986) J. Biol. Chem. 261, 2485-2488). We have located and sequenced the equivalent gene in wheat (Triticum aestivum) and have raised(More)
A mutant of Rhodobacter sphaeroides, N1, has been isolated which is incapable of photosynthetic growth and, instead of synthesizing bacteriochlorophyll, N1 excretes coproporphyrin III into the growth medium. Using conjugative gene transfer, several clones were isolated from a R. sphaeroides gene library which restored normal pigment synthesis and(More)
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