One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An enzyme present in plant chloroplasts, involved in fixing atmospheric carbon dioxide during photosynthesis and in oxygenation of the resulting compound during photorespiration.
- ‘UV radiation in the natural environment may harm biological organisms by damaging DNA, membranes and proteins, including the D1 protein of PSII and rubisco.’
- ‘The research also opens the door to new strategies that could help crop plants sidestep the unwanted, climate-driven influences on rubisco activase and the negative impacts on rubisco and photosynthesis.’
- ‘It is accepted that a protein like rubisco can not only have an enzymic function but can also act as a storage protein.’
- ‘UV-B can influence carbon reduction through effects on both the quantity and activity of rubisco.’
1980s: from r(ib)u(lose) + bis- + c(arb)o(xyl).
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