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Lorenzi R., Ceccarelli N., Lercari B., Gualtieri P. Identification of retinal in higher plants: Is a rhodopsinlike protein the blue light receptor?. In: Phytochemistry, vol. 36 (3) pp. 599 - 600. Elsevier, 1994.
 
 
Abstract
(English)
We here report the purification and identification of all-trans-retinal by column chromatography, HPLC and GC-MS in a tomato mutant (Lycopersikon esculentum Mill. aurea mutant). Since retinal, wherever present, is almost exclusively associated to an opsin to form a light-sensitive complex (rhodopsin-like proteins), this finding suggests that a rhodopsin-like protein could function as a blue light photoreceptor in higher plants.
DOI: 10.1016/S0031-9422(00)89781-2
Subject Lycopersicon esculentum
Solanaceae
Aurea mutant;
Tomato
All-trans-retinal
Blue light receptor
Cryptochrome
Rhodopsin


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