[Yuki Nakamura] A role of chloroplast phospholipid in gene regulation

Phosphatidylglycerol (PG) is the only major phospholipid class in the thylakoid membrane of chloroplasts, which is essential for the function of photosynthesis.  An international research collaboration team by Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Academia Sinica, Osaka Prefectural University, The University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, and RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science used an Arabidopsis mutant deficient in PG biosynthesis and revealed a novel role of PG in controlling plastid-encoded gene expression and light induction of nuclear photosynthetic genes. These findings suggest a role of phospholipid in gene regulation. The work has been published in a British research journal Journal of Experimental Botany.

Link: https://doi.org/10.1093/jxb/erac034