Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 26, Issue 20, pp 1595–1599 | Cite as

Enhancement of ajmalicine production in Catharanthus roseuscell cultures with methyl jasmonate is dependent on timing and dosage of elicitation

  • Carolyn W.T. Lee-Parsons
  • Seda Ertürk
  • Jennifer Tengtrakool


The optimum growth stage for enhancing ajmalicine production in Catharanthus roseuscultures with methyl jasmonate (MJ) was after 6 d growth. MJ added at 10 or 100 μm on day 6 gave a maximum ajmalicine production of 10.2 mg l−1, a 300% increase over that of non-elicited cultures.

ajmalicine alkaloid Catharanthus roseus elicitation methyl jasmonate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carolyn W.T. Lee-Parsons
    • 1
  • Seda Ertürk
    • 1
  • Jennifer Tengtrakool
    • 2
  1. 1.Chemical Engineering DepartmentNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.BioengineeringGenzyme, Corp.FraminghamUSA

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