Evolutionary Origins and Functions of the Carotenoid Biosynthetic Pathway in Marine Diatoms

@article{Coesel2008EvolutionaryOA,
  title={Evolutionary Origins and Functions of the Carotenoid Biosynthetic Pathway in Marine Diatoms},
  author={Sacha Nicole Coesel and Miroslav Oborn{\'i}k and J. M. Pinto Varela and Angela Falciatore and Chris Bowler},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  year={2008},
  volume={3},
  pages={359 - 372}
}
Carotenoids are produced by all photosynthetic organisms, where they play essential roles in light harvesting and photoprotection. The carotenoid biosynthetic pathway of diatoms is largely unstudied, but is of particular interest because these organisms have a very different evolutionary history with respect to the Plantae and are thought to be derived from an ancient secondary endosymbiosis between heterotrophic and autotrophic eukaryotes. Furthermore, diatoms have an additional xanthophyll… CONTINUE READING

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