Membrane-Bound Enzymes in Plant Sterol Biosynthesis

  • Trevor W. Goodwin


The basic pattern of sterol biosynthesis in plants is similar to that involved in cholesterol biosynthesis in mammals, but there are important differences of detail. There are also additional reactions in plants such as alkylation at C-24 and glucosylation at C-3. Cholesterol biosynthesis has been studied at the enzyme level to a much greater extent than plant sterol biosynthesis. Part of the reason is that plant enzymes, particularly those from higher plants, are notoriously difficult to deal with (Loomis, 1973); but reliable information is accumulating and in presenting the evidence for the involvement of membrane-bound enzymes in sterol synthesis in plants one realizes that the foundations for future developments, not only in enzymology but in studies on control of synthesis, are now reasonably well established.


Plant Sterol Mevalonic Acid Sterol Biosynthesis Farnesyl Pyrophosphate Steryl Glucoside 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Trevor W. Goodwin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryThe University of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

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