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Special Issue "Function and Metabolism of Plant Lipids 2.0"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Plant Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 882

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Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University, 1-1 Gakuen-cho, Naka-ku, Sakai 599-8531, Japan
Interests: plant; chloroplast; thylakoid; photosynthesis; membrane lipids; chlorophyll
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Dear Colleagues,

Lipids are essential components of all living cells. They constitute biological membranes as building blocks, provide carbon and energy for metabolic processes, and serve as intra- and intercellular signals. In addition to common lipids found from bacteria to eukaryotes, plant and algal cells contain unique lipid classes that are associated with photosynthetic functions. Thanks to their unique organelles plastids, which may be evolutionarily related to Cyanobacteria, plants and algae have complex lipid metabolic pathways across multiple organelles with plastids and the endoplasmic reticulum having central roles. Accordingly, these photosynthetic organisms have developed intricate regulatory mechanisms of lipid metabolism and its signaling pathways to maintain cellular homeostasis and to response to various biotic and abiotic stresses. Considering that lipids produced by plants and algae are essential not only for themselves but also for human life and activity in various aspects such as food, health, chemistry, and green energy, elucidation of the molecular mechanisms underlying lipid metabolism and regulation in plants is of great interest from the viewpoints of both basic and applied sciences.

This special issue invites researchers to contribute with original research or updated review articles focused on the molecular functions and metabolism of lipids in plants, algae, and photosynthetic bacteria including cyanobacteria and opens new possible research paths for further novel developments in this field.

Dr. Koichi Kobayashi
Guest Editor

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  • plant lipid metabolism
  • signaling molecules
  • membrane organization
  • metabolic engineering
  • fatty acid metabolism
  • membrane traffic
  • glycerolipids

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Fatty Acid Composition of Dry and Germinating Pollen of Gymnosperm and Angiosperm Plants
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2023, 24(11), 9717; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms24119717 - 03 Jun 2023
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A pollen grain is a unique haploid organism characterized by a special composition and structure. The pollen of angiosperms and gymnosperms germinate in fundamentally similar ways, but the latter also have important features, including slow growth rates and lower dependence on female tissues. [...] Read more.
A pollen grain is a unique haploid organism characterized by a special composition and structure. The pollen of angiosperms and gymnosperms germinate in fundamentally similar ways, but the latter also have important features, including slow growth rates and lower dependence on female tissues. These features are, to some extent, due to the properties of pollen lipids, which perform a number of functions during germination. Here, we compared the absolute content and the fatty acid (FA) composition of pollen lipids of two species of flowering plants and spruce using GC-MS. The FA composition of spruce pollen differed significantly, including the predominance of saturated and monoene FAs, and a high proportion of very-long-chain FAs (VLCFAs). Significant differences between FAs from integumentary lipids (pollen coat (PC)) and lipids of gametophyte cells were found for lily and tobacco, including a very low unsaturation index of the PC. The proportion of VLCFAs in the integument was several times higher than in gametophyte cells. We found that the absolute content of lipids in lily pollen is almost three times higher than in tobacco and spruce pollen. For the first time, changes in the FA composition were analyzed during pollen germination in gymnosperms and angiosperms. The stimulating effect of H2O2 on spruce germination also led to noticeable changes in the FA content and composition of growing pollen. For tobacco in control and test samples, the FA composition was stable. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Function and Metabolism of Plant Lipids 2.0)
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