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Autoluminescent plants Open Access

Krichevsky, A; Meyers, B; Vainstein, A; Maliga, P; Citovsky, V
PLoS One. 2010 November. 5(11):e15461

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PMID: 21103397 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0015461 ISSN: 1932-6203

Abstract

Prospects of obtaining plants glowing in the dark have captivated the imagination of scientists and layman alike. While light emission has been developed into a useful marker of gene expression, bioluminescence in plants remained dependent on externally supplied substrate. Evolutionary conservation of the prokaryotic gene expression machinery enabled expression of the six genes of the lux operon in chloroplasts yielding plants that are capable of autonomous light emission. This work demonstrates that complex metabolic pathways of prokaryotes can be reconstructed and function in plant chloroplasts and that transplastomic plants can emit light that is visible by naked eye.

Keywords

chloroplast; Nicotiana tabacum; lux operon; light emission

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  • National Institutes of Health
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  • Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund
  • Binational Science Foundation
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  • United States
  • Israel
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MLA

Krichevsky, A, B Meyers, A Vainstein, P Maliga, V Citovsky. "Autoluminescent plants." PLoS One 5.11 (2010): e15461. Web. 25 Sep. 2017.

APA

Krichevsky, A., Meyers, B., Vainstein, A., Maliga, P., & Citovsky, V. (2010). Autoluminescent plants. PLoS One, 5(11), e15461. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015461

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