The ultrastructure of a Chlamydomonas reinhardtii mutant strain lacking phytoene synthase resembles that of a colorless alga.

@article{Inwood2008TheUO,
  title={The ultrastructure of a Chlamydomonas reinhardtii mutant strain lacking phytoene synthase resembles that of a colorless alga.},
  author={William B Inwood and Corinne Yoshihara and Reena Zalpuri and Kwang-Seo Kim and Sydney G Kustu},
  journal={Molecular plant},
  year={2008},
  volume={1 6},
  pages={925-37}
}
Chlamydomonas reinhardtii strains lacking phytoene synthase, the first enzyme of carotenoid biosynthesis, are white. They lack carotenoid pigments, have very low levels of chlorophyll, and can grow only heterotrophically in the dark. Our electron and fluorescence microscopic studies showed that such a mutant strain (lts1-204) had a proliferated plastid envelope membrane but no stacks of thylakoid membranes within the plastid. It accumulated cytoplasmic compartments that appeared to be… CONTINUE READING
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