Biochemical dissection of photorespiration

Curr Opin Plant Biol. 1999 Jun;2(3):214-22. doi: 10.1016/S1369-5266(99)80038-7.


Progress has been made in the understanding of photorespiration and related proteins (Rubisco, glycolate oxidase and glycine decarboxylase) in the context of recent structural information. Numerous shuttles exist to support transamination, ammonia refixation and the supply or export of reductants generated or consumed (via malate-oxaloacetate shuttles) in the photorespiratory pathway. A porin-like channel that is anion selective represents the major permeability pathway of the peroxisomal membrane.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Oxidoreductases / metabolism
  • Amino Acid Oxidoreductases / metabolism
  • Biological Transport
  • Catalysis
  • Glycine Dehydrogenase (Decarboxylating)
  • Nitrogen / metabolism
  • Photobiology*
  • Plant Physiological Phenomena*
  • Plants / enzymology
  • Plants / metabolism*
  • Ribulose-Bisphosphate Carboxylase / metabolism


  • Alcohol Oxidoreductases
  • glycollate oxidase
  • Amino Acid Oxidoreductases
  • Glycine Dehydrogenase (Decarboxylating)
  • Ribulose-Bisphosphate Carboxylase
  • Nitrogen