Was the evolution of plastid genetic machinery discontinuous?

Trends Plant Sci. 2001 Apr;6(4):151-5. doi: 10.1016/s1360-1385(01)01888-x.

Abstract

The plastid nucleoid consists of plastid DNA and various, mostly uncharacterized, DNA-binding proteins. The plastid DNA undoubtedly originated from an ancestral cyanobacterial genome, but the origin of the nucleoid proteins appears complex. Initial biochemical analysis of these proteins, as well as comparative genome informatics, suggest that proteins of eukaryotic origin replaced most of the original prokaryotic proteins during the evolution of plastids in the lineage of green plants.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Proteins / genetics
  • Bacterial Proteins / metabolism
  • Cyanobacteria / genetics
  • Cyanobacteria / metabolism
  • DNA, Chloroplast / genetics
  • DNA, Circular / genetics
  • DNA, Circular / metabolism
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism
  • Eukaryota / genetics
  • Eukaryota / ultrastructure
  • Evolution, Molecular
  • Genome, Bacterial
  • Genome, Plant
  • Plant Proteins / genetics
  • Plant Proteins / metabolism
  • Plastids / genetics*
  • Plastids / metabolism

Substances

  • Bacterial Proteins
  • DNA, Chloroplast
  • DNA, Circular
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • HLPA protein, Guillardia theta
  • Plant Proteins
  • histone-like protein HU, bacteria