Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 168, Issue 6, pp 1694–1717

Engineering Glucosinolates in Plants: Current Knowledge and Potential Uses

  • Venkidasamy Baskar
  • Mayank Anand Gururani
  • Jae Woong Yu
  • Se Won Park
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12010-012-9890-6

Cite this article as:
Baskar, V., Gururani, M.A., Yu, J.W. et al. Appl Biochem Biotechnol (2012) 168: 1694. doi:10.1007/s12010-012-9890-6

Abstract

Glucosinolates (GSL) and their derivatives are well known for the characteristic roles they play in plant defense as signaling molecules and as bioactive compounds for human health. More than 130 GSLs have been reported so far, and most of them belong to the Brassicaceae family. Several enzymes and transcription factors involved in the GSL biosynthesis have been studied in the model plant, Arabidopsis, and in a few other Brassica crop species. Recent studies in GSL research have defined the regulation, distribution, and degradation of GSL biosynthetic pathways; however, the underlying mechanism behind transportation of GSLs in plants is still largely unknown. This review highlights the recent advances in the metabolic engineering of GSLs in plants and discusses their potential applications.

Keywords

BrassicaceaeGlucosinolateMyrosinaseTransgenic

Abbreviations

GSLs

Glucosinolates

ITC

Isothiocynate

QTL

Quantitative trait loci

AGSL

Aliphatic glucosinolate

IGSL

Indole glucosinolate

BGSL

Benzoic glucosinolate

MBP

Myrosinase-binding protein

MyAP

Myrosinase-associated protein

SF

Sulforaphane

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Venkidasamy Baskar
    • 1
  • Mayank Anand Gururani
    • 1
  • Jae Woong Yu
    • 1
  • Se Won Park
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Molecular Biotechnology, School of Life & Environmental SciencesKonkuk UniversitySeoulSouth Korea