Some Properties of Enzymes Involved in the Biosynthesis and Metabolism of 3-Hydroxy-3-Methylglutaryl-CoA in Plants

  • Thomas J. Bach
  • Thomas Weber
  • Anja Motel
Part of the Recent Advances in Phytochemistry book series (RAPT, volume 24)


There is hardly a single process in the living plant cell that does not require the biochemical and physiological involvement of isoprenoids. It is thus of great theoretical as well as practical interest to have a profound knowledge of how those various classes of compounds are synthesized, what the properties of the enzymes participating are and how this synthesis is regulated by various factors depending on the demand of the developing and mature plant for various classes of isoprenoids and prenyllipids. Although a large body of information is available on the structures of the myriad of isoprenoids occurring in plants isolated so far, many of the details to be discussed in this contribution have frequently been learned through experiments first performed with animal cells or yeast, systems that, at least as far as the variety of isoprenoid end products is concerned, are not as complex as plants. Therefore, an important purpose of this article is to consider the feasibility of regulatory and of other models developed for non-plant systems that might be likely to explain some features of the enzymology of isoprenoid biosynthesis.


Mevalonic Acid Sterol Biosynthesis Plant Lipid Isoprenoid Biosynthesis Radish Seedling 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas J. Bach
    • 1
  • Thomas Weber
    • 1
  • Anja Motel
    • 1
  1. 1.Botanisches Institut II (Pflanzenphysiologie und Pflanzenbiochemie)Universität KarlsruheKarlsruheGermany

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