Import of polypeptides into chloroplasts

A. Cashmore, L. Szabo, M. Timko, A. Kausch, G. Van Den Broeck, P. Schreier, H. Bohnert, L. Herrera-Estrella

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The majority of the protein components of chloroplasts are synthesized outside the organelle and are subsequently imported. These imported polypeptides are produced as precursors containing an amino-terminal extension. Recent experiments have demonstrated that foreign polypeptides can be imported into chloroplasts when fused to these amino-terminal extensions. This ability provides exciting opportunities for improvement of economically important plants through genetic manipulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)803-808
Number of pages6
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1985
Externally publishedYes


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