Versatile roles of plastids in plant growth and development

Takehito Inaba, Yasuko Ito-Inaba

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Plastids, found in plants and some parasites, are of endosymbiotic origin. The best-characterized plastid is the plant cell chloroplast. Plastids provide essential metabolic and signaling functions, such as the photosynthetic process in chloroplasts. However, the role of plastids is not limited to production of metabolites. Plastids affect numerous aspects of plant growth and development through biogenesis, varying functional states and metabolic activities. Examples include, but are not limited to, embryogenesis, leaf development, gravitropism, temperature response and plantmicrobe interactions. In this review, we summarize the versatile roles of plastids in plant growth and development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1847-1853
Number of pages7
JournalPlant and Cell Physiology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Nov
Externally publishedYes


  • Plastids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology


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