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Ananya Shree

Class 11th
Biology
1 year ago

RuBisCO is an enzyme that acts both as carboxylase and oxygenase. Why do you think RuBisCO carries out more carboxylation in C4 plants.

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Muskan Anand

1 year ago

RuBisCO or Ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase – oxygenase enzyme can bind to both C02 and O2. This binding is competitive. The relative concentration of C02 and 02 determines which one of the two will bind to the enzyme. In C4 plants photorespiration does not occur. This is because they have a mechanism that increases the concentration of C02 at the enzyme site This takes place when oxaloacetic acid is broken down in the bundle sheath cells to release C02. It results in increased intracellular concentration of C02. This ensures that the RuBisCO functions as a carboxylase and minimising the oxygenase activity.

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