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The β-carotene ketolase gene (bkt1) is a key enzyme in the biosynthesis of astaxanthin in the green alga Haematococcus pluvialis. We constructed a genomic library of H. pluvialis from which the upstream sequence of bkt1 was cloned. It was just 27% identical to the β-C-4-oxygenase gene (crto1) promoter. A TATA-box and a number of CAAT-boxes were found in the(More)
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