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Pure Appl. Chem. Vol. 74, No. 8, pp. 1409-1417 (2002)

Pure and Applied Chemistry

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 described.

*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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