Journal article

Evolution of galactoglycerolipid biosynthetic pathways - From cyanobacteria to primary plastids and from primary to secondary plastids

Dimitris Petroutsos, Souad Amiar, Heni Abida, Lina-Juana Dolch, Olivier Bastien, Fabrice Rebeille, Juliette Jouhet, Denis Falconet, Maryse A Block, Geoffrey I McFadden, Chris Bowler, Cyrille Botte, Eric Marechal

Progress in Lipid Research | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2014


Photosynthetic membranes have a unique lipid composition that has been remarkably well conserved from cyanobacteria to chloroplasts. These membranes are characterized by a very high content in galactoglycerolipids, i.e., mono- and digalactosyldiacylglycerol (MGDG and DGDG, respectively). Galactoglycerolipids make up the bulk of the lipid matrix in which photosynthetic complexes are embedded. They are also known to fulfill specific functions, such as stabilizing photosystems, being a source of polyunsaturated fatty acids for various purposes and, in some eukaryotes, being exported to other subcellular compartments. The conservation of MGDG and DGDG suggests that selection pressures might have..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors were supported by Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR-10-BLAN-1524, Re Gal; ANR-12-BIME-0005, DiaDomOil; ANR-12-JCJC, ChloroMitoLipid and ApicoLipid), ATIP-Avenir-FINO-VI (C.Y.B.), Region Rhone-Alpes, the Labex GRAL (Grenoble Alliance for Integrated Structural Cell Biology), Investissement d'Avenir OCEANOMICS, the EU-funded Diatomite and MicroB3 projects and the Australian Research Council.