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Appl. Chem. Vol. 74, No. 8, pp.
Pure and Applied
Vol. 74, Issue 8
Regulation of carotenoid synthesis and accumulation in plants*
Francis X. Cunningham, Jr.
Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics,
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA
Abstract: Although genes that encode most enzymes
of the carotenoid pathway in higher plants have been identified, the
regulatory mechanisms that govern the synthesis and accumulation of
carotenoid pigments are still obscure. Recent findings relevant to two
aspects of carotenoid pathway control are reviewed: availability of
substrate and pathway branching. Experimental approaches that are likely
to enhance our understanding of carotenoid pathway regulation are also
*Lecture presented at the 13 th International Symposium
on Carotenoids, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 6-11 January 2002.
Other lectures are published in this issue, pp. 1369-1477.
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