Acta Physiologiae Plantarum

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 397–403 | Cite as

Advances in study of ginsenoside biosynthesis pathway in Panax ginseng C. A. Meyer

  • Juan Wang
  • Wen-Yuan GaoEmail author
  • Jian Zhang
  • Bei-Mei Zuo
  • Li-Ming Zhang
  • Lu-Qi Huang


Panax ginseng C. A. Meyer is one of the important nutraceutical and medicinal plants, which is used worldwide. Until now, ginseng has been reported to contain saponins, antioxidants, peptides, polysaccharides, fatty acids, vitamins, alkaloids, lignans, and flavonoids. The saponins, known as ginsenosides, are widely believed to be the major bioactive compounds of ginseng. In this article, ginsenoside biosynthesis pathway and key enzymes regulation are also described. This review provides a reference for improving ginsenoside contents through regulation of ginsenoside biosynthesis pathway.


Panax ginseng Ginsenoside Elicitor Biosynthesis pathway Key enzyme 



This research was funded by Science and Technology Commission of Tianjin, China (09ZCKFSH01100).


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© Franciszek Górski Institute of Plant Physiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wen-Yuan Gao
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Jian Zhang
    • 3
  • Bei-Mei Zuo
    • 2
  • Li-Ming Zhang
    • 2
  • Lu-Qi Huang
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Pharmaceutical Science and TechnologyTianjin UniversityTianjinChina
  2. 2.Institute of Biological Engineering of Traditional Chinese MedicineTianjin University of Science and TechnologyTianjinChina
  3. 3.Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese MedicineTianjinChina
  4. 4.Institute of Chinese Materia Medica, China Academy of Chinese Medical SciencesBeijingChina

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