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rbcL  -  ribulose bisophosphate carboxylase

Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803

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Disease relevance of rbcL

  • This vector was utilized for the construction of a cyanobacterial rbc null mutant in which the entire sequence comprising both rbc genes, was replaced by the Rhodospirillum rubrum rbcL gene linked to a chloramphenicol resistance gene [1].

High impact information on rbcL

  • Photosystem II activity and carboxysome synthesis are lost in the tocopherol mutants within 24 h of photomixotrophic growth, and the abundance of carboxysome gene (rbcL, ccmK1, ccmL) and ndhF4 transcripts decreases to undetectable levels [2].
  • Most of the rbcL gene encoding the large subunit of ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) was duplicated in the genome by a targeted insertion of a 3'-truncated gene copy into the psb A-I locus [3].
  • The 3' and the 5' truncated rbcL genes were linked to chloramphenicol and kanamycin resistance markers, respectively [3].
  • Our results indicate extensive recombinatorial interactions between the homologous sequences at both loci leading to reconstitution of the cyanobacterial rbcL gene [3].


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