Metabolism of myo-Inositol Phosphates and the Alternative Pathway in Generation of myo-Inositol Trisphosphate Involved in Calcium Mobilization in Plants

  • Susweta Biswas
  • B. B. Biswas
Part of the Subcellular Biochemistry book series (SCBI, volume 26)


The myo-inositol polyphosphates and their role in cellular metabolism and signal transduction processes in plants have now attracted the attention of scientists in growing numbers. Phytic acid, myo-inositol-1,2,3,4,5,6-hexakisphosphate has long been known as the storage form of phosphorus in seeds (see Cosgrove, 1980). The calcium and magnesium salt of phytic acid is also known as phytin. Of the total phosphorus, 50–80% has been found to be associated with phytin in different seeds. Although the composition of phytic acid has been known for more than 100 years, many problems concerning its metabolism and functions are not fully solved (see Loewus and Loewus, 1983; B. Biswas et al., 1984; Raboy, 1990; Drøbak, 1992). What is apparent is that plant cells representing different tissue types synthesize phytic acid both to sequester phosphorus and also to chelate different metallic cations such as Ca2+ and others. Several reviews have dealt with the occurrence, chemistry, and nutritional implications of phytates in legumes and cereals (see Reddy et al., 1982; B. Biswas et al., 1984). Phytate in general rapidly accumulates during the development of seeds and disappears during germination of seeds.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susweta Biswas
    • 1
  • B. B. Biswas
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryBose InstituteCalcuttaIndia
  2. 2.Department of Biophysics, Molecular Biology and GeneticsUniversity of CalcuttaCalcuttaIndia

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