Developing Stress-Tolerant Plants by Manipulating Components Involved in Oxidative Stress

  • Shweta SharmaEmail author
  • Usha Kiran
  • Sudhir Kumar Sopory


Oxidative stress is one of the crucial outcomes of biotic and abiotic stress which leads to the physiological and metabolic alterations in plant system and, therefore, requires a balanced control of reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and its scavenging through antioxidative enzymes and proteins. The enzymatic components of antioxidative defense system consist of several enzymes including catalase (CAT), superoxide dismutase (SOD), and guaiacol peroxidase (GPX) and also the enzymes of ascorbate-glutathione (AsA-GSH) cycle, i.e., ascorbate peroxidase (APX), dehydroascorbate reductase (DHAR), monodehydroascorbate reductase (MDHAR), and glutathione reductase (GR). The nonenzymatic components include ascorbate (AsA) and glutathione (GSH) along with carotenoids and tocopherols along with other phenolic compounds. Exploiting the antioxidative behavior of these enzymes, several plants have been modified using transgenic techniques overexpressing the components of antioxidative stress pathways. Moreover, there are several other redox proteins, which have been genetically engineered to help plant survive in adverse conditions. This suggests that the development of transgenic plants overexpressing enzymes and redox-sensitive proteins associated with oxidative stress and antioxidative stress pathways will surely provide an important link of their role in tolerance to oxidative damage in crops. This chapter elucidates the recent advances in the defense system of plants during oxidative stress and also discusses the potential strategies for enhancing tolerance to oxidative stress.


Reactive Oxygen Species Transgenic Plant Salt Stress Reactive Oxygen Species Production Glutathione Reductase 
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Authors thank the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), India, and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, for providing facilities. The project fellowship award to Usha Kiran under UGC Major Project is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shweta Sharma
    • 1
    Email author
  • Usha Kiran
    • 2
  • Sudhir Kumar Sopory
    • 1
  1. 1.Plant Molecular Biology GroupInternational Centre for Genetic Engineering and BiotechnologyNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.CTPD, Department of BiotechnologyJamia HamdardNew DelhiIndia

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