[Yuki Nakamura] LPAT4 and LPAT5 produce oil in N-starved plants

Nitrogen (N) starvation triggers an accumulation of oil in photosynthetic cells of plants and algae. A research team led by Dr. Nakamura discovered a pair of enzyme LPAT4 and LPAT5 required for oil production in N-starved Arabidopsis. This work reveals an important pathway for oil production and a mechanism in flux control of a balance between membrane and storage lipids.