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Changes in Sterol Biosynthesis from [2-14C]Mevalonic Acid During Development of Cucurbitamaxima Seedlings

  • Vipin K. Garg
  • William R. Nes

Abstract

We have recently characterized a large array of sixteen different sterols in the members of the family Cucurbitaceae1–4. These include the dominant Δ7-sterols, some “main line” Δ5-sterols, and sterols characteristic of organisms (algae and fungi) much lower on the evolutionary scale. This represents, by far, the most complex sterol profile found in a higher plant, and raises important questions regarding the sterol biosynthetic pathway in Cucurbitaceae. In the present investigation, we have examined the incorporation of [2-14C]mevalonic acid (MVA) into various sterol fractions in seedlings of Cucurbita maxima.

Keywords

Mevalonic Acid Sterol Biosynthesis Sterol Fraction Cucurbita Maximum Pinus Pinea5 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vipin K. Garg
    • 1
  • William R. Nes
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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