, Volume 170, Issue 1, pp 138–140 | Cite as

Some characteristics of terpenoid biosynthesis by leucoplasts of Citrofortunella mitis

  • M. Gleizes
  • B. Camara
  • J. Walter


The capacity of leucoplasts to synthesize monoterpene hydrocarbons has been further investigated by studying the synthesis of higher-terpene homologues. Isolated leucoplasts were unable to esterify chlorophyllides into chlorophylls and to synthesize carotenoids. In addition, the later steps of α-tocopherol and phylloquinone synthesis were not performed. In spite of the presence of a prenyltransferase activity leading to the synthesis of alcohol terpenes higher than gerniol (farnesol, geranyl-geraniol), these higher terpenes were not further metabolized in vitro by leucoplasts.

Key words

Capsicum Citrofortunella Leucoplast Terpenoid metabolism 



isopentenyl pyrophosphate


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Gleizes
    • 1
  • B. Camara
    • 2
  • J. Walter
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physiologie cellulaire végétale, C.N.R.S. (U.A. 568)Université de Bordeaux 1Talence CedexFrance
  2. 2.Equipe Biochimie et Régulation cellulaire du Développement végétal C.N.R.S. (U.A. 578)Université Pierre et Marie CurieParis Cedex 05France

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