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Dynamin-like proteins are potentially involved in membrane dynamics within chloroplasts and cyanobacteria

Journal article
Authors R. Jilly
N. Z. Khan
Henrik Aronsson
D. Schneider
Published in Frontiers in Plant Science
Volume 9
ISSN 1664-462X
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Language en
Keywords Chloroplasts, Cyanobacteria, Dynamin, Membrane biogenesis, Membrane fusion, Thylakoid membrane
Subject categories Botany


Dynamin-like proteins (DLPs) are a family of membrane-active proteins with low sequence identity. The proteins operate in different organelles in eukaryotic cells, where they trigger vesicle formation, membrane fusion, or organelle division. As discussed here, representatives of this protein family have also been identified in chloroplasts and DLPs are very common in cyanobacteria. Since cyanobacteria and chloroplasts, an organelle of bacterial origin, have similar internal membrane systems, we suggest that DLPs are involved in membrane dynamics in cyanobacteria and chloroplasts. Here, we discuss the features and activities of DLPs with a focus on their potential presence and activity in chloroplasts and cyanobacteria. © 2018 Jilly, Khan, Aronsson and Schneider.

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