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Synthesis of betanin from betanidin and UDP-glucose by a protein preparation from cell suspension cultures of Dorotheanthus bellidiformis (Burm. f.) N. E. Br.

  • Susanne Heuer
  • Dieter Strack
Short Communication


Protein preparations from cell-suspension cultures of Dorotheanthus bellidiformis (Aizoaceae) catalyzed the formation of betanin (betanidin 5-O-glucoside) from betanidin and uridine 5′-diphosphate(UDP)-glucose. The enzyme activity can be classified as UDP-glucose: betanidin 5-O-β-glucosyltransferase (EC 2.4.1).

Key words

Betacyanin Betalain Betanidin Betanin Cell culture (secondary metabolism) Dorotheanthus O-Glucosyltransferase 



high-performance liquid chromatography


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susanne Heuer
    • 1
  • Dieter Strack
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Pharmazeutische Biologie der Technischen Universität BraunschweigBraunschweigGermany

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