At1g16720: HCF173 (high chlorophyll fluorescence phenotype 173)

Encodes HCF173, a protein with weak similarities to the superfamily of the short-chain dehydrogenases/reductases. HCF173 is involved in the initiation of translation of the psbA mRNA. Mutants shows a high chlorophyll fluorescence phenotype (hcf) and are severely affected in the accumulation of PSII subunits. The protein HCF173 is localized in the chloroplast, where it is mainly associated with the membrane system and is part of a higher molecular weight complex with psbA mRNA as a component of this complex.