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Inter-organellar interactions - known unknowns in metabolic engineering of membrane-spanning pathways in plants

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In eukaryotic cells, membrane-bound organelles allow the compartmentation and regulation of a myriad of reactions. For cells to function, their organelles exchange specific substrates, intermediates and products of these reactions. These inter-organellar exchanges are facilitated by numerous mechanisms. In plants, inter-organellar interactions (at the cell biology and biochemical level) have been reported to occur between all organelles. For example, plastids and the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) interact to produce major lipophilic (nonpolar) compounds. However, despite their importance and decades of intensive research, how plastid-ER interactions occur remains largely unknown. I will present my research into plastid-ER interactions and their significance for inter-organellar biosynthesis and trafficking of nonpolar compounds. I will show how knowledge of these interactions will aid engineering efforts towards addressing an increasing global demand for pharmaceuticals.

This talk is part of the Plant Sciences Departmental Seminars series.

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