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Carotenoids: Biological Functions of Carotenoids and Apocarotenoids in Natural and Artificial Systems, Volume 674 in the Methods in Enzymology series, highlights new advances in the field, with this new volume presenting interesting chapters on topics such as Ultrafast laser spectroscopic studies on carotenoids in solution and on those bound to photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes, Assessing photoprotective functions of carotenoids in photosynthetic systems of plants and green algae, Fluorescence of carotenoids: probing binding site interactions and conformational motion in carotenoproteins, Resonance Raman: A powerful tool to interrogate carotenoids in biological matrices, and much more.
Other chapters in the book cover Engineering the carotenoid biosynthetic pathway to study the function of carotenoids in light-harvesting complexes, Carotenoids as proxies for variations in photosynthesis and phenology in response to environmental and climatic change, Apocarotenoid pigment biosynthesis in non-model plants, Apocarotenoid transport in plants, Screening for apocarotenoid plant growth regulators in Arabidopsis, Effects of herbivory on carotenoid biosynthesis and breakdown, Biosynthesis and action of apocarotenoid plant hormones, and much more.
1. Ultrafast laser spectroscopic studies on carotenoids in solution and on those bound to photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes Hideki Hashimoto and Richard Cogdell 2. Assessing photoprotective functions of carotenoids in photosynthetic systems of plants and green algae Roberto Bassi 3. Fluorescence of carotenoids: probing binding site interactions and conformational motion in carotenoproteins Warren Beck and Justin Rose 4. Resonance Raman: A powerful tool to interrogate carotenoids in biological matrices Bruno Robert, Bruno Robert, Manuel Llansola Portoles and Andrew A. Pascal 5. Engineering the carotenoid biosynthetic pathway to study the function of carotenoids in light-harvesting complexes Andrew Hitchcock, Neil Hunter, David John Kenneth Swainsbury, Pu Qian and George Sutherland 6. Carotenoids as proxies for variations in photosynthesis and phenology in response to environmental and climatic change Ingo Ensminger 7. Apocarotenoid pigment biosynthesis in non-model plants Giovanni Giuliano 8. Apocarotenoid transport in plants Giovanni Giuliano 9. Screening for apocarotenoid plant growth regulators in Arabidopsis Salim Al Babili, Kunpeng Jia, Alexandra Jazz Dickinson, Yagiz Alagoz and Jianing Mi 10. Effects of herbivory on carotenoid biosynthesis and breakdown Jonathan Gershenzon and Sirsha Mitra 11. Biosynthesis and action of apocarotenoid plant hormones 12. Strigolactone Signaling Complex Formation in Yeast: A Paradigm for Studying Hormone-induced Receptor Interaction with Multiple Downstream Proteins Ruifeng Yao, Li Chen, Meng Zhang, Haiyang Yu, Liu Yang, Hongfan Long and Xin Su 13. Assessment of dietary carotenoid intake and metabolism in human clinical studies Steven Clinton and Elizabeth Grainger 14. Microsomal Triglyceride Transfer Protein-mediated transfer of beta-carotene from Donor to Acceptor vesicles in vitro Loredana Quadro, Jahangir Iqbal, Mahmood Hussain and Youn-Kyung Kim 15. Development and validation of a method to deliver vitamin A into macrophages Jaume Amengual, Pooja Acharya, Molly Black and Glenn Bressner 16. Methods for assessing the interaction of apocarotenoids with vertebrate nuclear receptors Earl Howard Harrison 17. A guide for the evaluation of in vitro bioaccessibility of carotenoids Adriana Z. Mercadante and Ana Augusta O. Xavier 18. A fast and simplified method to estimate bioaccessibility of carotenoids from plant tissues Manuel Rodriguez-Concepcion and Luca Morelli 19. From organic synthesis of novel carotenoids and apo-carotenoids via metabolism to bio-active carotenoid metabolites and their activity relevance in mice and humans Ralph Rühl, Angel R. de Lera, Torsten Bohn, Jean-Francois Landrier, Harald Carlsen, Daniel Merk, Jenny Renaut and Tilman Todt 20. Extraction, detection, and imaging of the macular carotenoids Paul S. Bernstein, Binxing Li, Aruna Gorususpudi and Ranganathan Arunkumar 21. Analysis of macular carotenoids in the developing Macaque retina: The timeline of macular pigment development John Landrum, Vanes Mendez, Yisi Cao, Ramon Gomez and Nartha Neuringer 22. Carotenoid Modifying Enzymes in Metazoans Johannes F. von Lintig, Alexander R. Moise and Sepalika Bandara 23. Expression and Biochemical Analyses of Proteins Involved in the Transport of Carotenoids and Retinoids Alexander R. Moise and Johannes F. von Lintig