Glutathione in Plant Growth, Development, and Stress Tolerance

  • Mohammad Anwar Hossain
  • Mohammad Golam Mostofa
  • Pedro Diaz-Vivancos
  • David J Burritt
  • Masayuki Fujita
  • Lam-Son Phan Tran

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Wilma Sabetta, Annalisa Paradiso, Costantino Paciolla, Maria Concetta de Pinto
    Pages 1-27
  3. Eric Boncompagni, Geneviève Alloing, Karine Mandon, Pierre Frendo
    Pages 29-58
  4. Krisztina Bela, Sajid Ali Khan Bangash, Riyazuddin, Jolán Csiszár
    Pages 113-126
  5. Vittoria Locato, Sara Cimini, Laura De Gara
    Pages 127-145
  6. Wang Chen, Leng Xiangpeng, Zhang Wenying, Fang Jinggui
    Pages 147-169
  7. Fangbin Cao, Manman Fu, Runfeng Wang, Pedro Diaz-Vivancos, Mohammad Anwar Hossain
    Pages 171-194
  8. Evangelia Chronopoulou, Farid S. Ataya, Fotini Pouliou, Fereniki Perperopoulou, Nikolaos Georgakis, Irini Nianiou-Obeidat et al.
    Pages 195-213
  9. Evangelia Chronopoulou, Nikolaos Georgakis, Irini Nianiou-Obeidat, Panagiotis Madesis, Fereniki Perperopoulou, Fotini Pouliou et al.
    Pages 215-233
  10. Rituraj Batth, Muskan Jain, Sumita Kumari, Ananda Mustafiz
    Pages 235-263
  11. Vokkaliga T. Harshavardhan, Tsung-Meng Wu, Chwan-Yang Hong
    Pages 265-286
  12. Akiko Maruyama-Nakashita, Naoko Ohkama-Ohtsu
    Pages 287-308
  13. J. A. Hernández, G. Barba-Espín, P. Diaz-Vivancos
    Pages 309-329
  14. Gábor Gullner, Bernd Zechmann, András Künstler, Lóránt Király
    Pages 331-357
  15. Xuan Zeng, Diyang Qiu, Rui Hu, Mingyong Zhang
    Pages 359-372
  16. Eliana Bianucci, Ana Furlan, Stella Castro
    Pages 373-396
  17. Ahmed Gaber, David J. Burritt, Mohammad Anwar Hossain
    Pages 397-412
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 413-421

About this book


Glutathione (γ-glutamyl-cysteinyl-glycine; GSH), a ubiquitously distributed sulfur containing antioxidant molecule, serves as a crucial player in regulating plant growth, development and abiotic stress tolerance. It is one of the most powerful low-molecular weight thiols and rapidly accumulates in plant and animal cells under stress. Recent in-depth studies on GSH homeostasis (synthesis, degradation, compartmentation, transport, and redox turnover) and the role of GSH in cell proliferation and abiotic stress tolerance have created opportunities for plant biologists to conduct research aimed at deciphering mechanisms associated with GSH-mediated plant growth and stress responses. GSH has also been proposed as a potential regulator of epigenetic gene regulation and so GSH might play important roles in the environmental regulation of gene expression in plants. The dynamic relationship between GSH and reactive oxygen species (ROS) has been well documented and GSH has been shown to participate in numerous metabolic and cell signaling processes, including protein synthesis and amino acid transport, DNA repair, and the control of cell division and programmed cell death. Two genes, glutamylcysteine synthetase (GSH1) and glutathione synthetase (GSH2), are involved in GSH synthesis, and genetic manipulation of these enzymes interferes with cellular levels of GSH. Any fluctuations, an increase or decrease, in cellular GSH and oxidized GSH levels has profound effects on plant growth and development, as GSH is associated with the regulation of the cell cycle, redox signaling, enzymatic activities, defense gene expression, systemic acquired resistance and xenobiotic detoxification. Being a major component of ascorbate-glutathione (AsA-GSH) and glyoxalase (Gly) pathways, GSH helps to govern the level of plant oxidative stress by modulating ROS and methylglyoxal (MG) detoxification in plants. Although there has been significant progress made investigating the multiple roles of GSH in abiotic stress tolerance, many aspects of GSH-mediated abiotic stress responses and stress tolerance require additional research if GSH metabolism is to be manipulated to help develop abiotic stress-tolerant and nutritionally improved crop plants. This book will provide information the roles of GSH in plants that are directly or indirectly involved in many important metabolic processes and physiological functions, including GSH synthesis, compartmentation and transport, GSH-mediated ROS and MG detoxification, as well as GSH signaling functions in modulating plant growth, development and responses to abiotic stresses. The main objective of this volume is to promote the important role of GSH in plant biology by supplying basic, comprehensive and up to date information for advanced students, scholars and scientists interested in or already engaged in research that involves GSH. Finally, this book will be a valuable resource for future GSH-related research, and can be considered as a textbook for graduate students and as a reference book for front-line researchers working on the relationships between GSH and abiotic stress responses and toleranc​e.


Redox Regulation Stress Signaling Tolerance Mechanisms Glutathione-Metabolizing Enzymes Glyoxalase System Metal Detoxification

Editors and affiliations

  • Mohammad Anwar Hossain
    • 1
  • Mohammad Golam Mostofa
    • 2
  • Pedro Diaz-Vivancos
    • 3
  • David J Burritt
    • 4
  • Masayuki Fujita
    • 5
  • Lam-Son Phan Tran
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Genetics and Plant BreedingBangladesh Agricultural UniversityMymensinghBangladesh
  2. 2.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyBangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural UniversityGazipurBangladesh
  3. 3.Department of Plant BreedingCEBAS-CSICMurciaSpain
  4. 4.Department of BotanyUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand
  5. 5.Department of Applied Biological ScienceKagawa UniversityKagawaJapan
  6. 6.RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource ScienceSignaling Pathway Research UnitYokohamaJapan

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