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Plant Vacuoles pp 393-400 | Cite as

The Possible Role of Endoplasmic Reticulum in the Biosynthesis and Transport of Anthocyanin Pigments

  • George J. Wagner
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 134)

Abstract

The availability of methods for isolating higher plant vacuoles from a variety of plant tissues has led to recent studies of the compartmentation and mechanisms of accumulation of various plant secondary metabolites. Long suspected and inferred vacuolar location of many secondary metabolites has been confirmed in studies of vacuoles/extravacuole compartmentation using protoplasts and vacuoles isolation after slicing of root tissues (Matile, 1984; Ryan and Walker-Simmons; Wagner, 1985). More recently, a number of investigators have asked questions about which secondary products are taken up by isolated vacuoles prepared from which species, and what chemical and stereochemical-conformational properties are required for metabolite uptake into isolated vacuoles in vitro ((Deus-Neumann and Zenk, 1986; Matern et al., 1986; Werner and Matile, 1985; Rataboul et al., 1985). The results of these studies are quite interesting, but at present, it is not clear if these experiments elucidate the in vivo mechanism(s) for vacuolar accumulation of secondary metabolites. Much additional work is needed and is not doubt forthcoming.

Keywords

Secondary Metabolite Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum Secondary Product Anthocyanin Pigment Isoquinoline Alkaloid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • George J. Wagner
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  1. 1.Agronomy DepartmentUniversity of LexingtonLexingtonUSA

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