Taxus Cell Cultures: An Effective Biotechnological Tool to Enhance and Gain New Biosynthetic Insights into Taxane Production

  • Heriberto Vidal-Limon
  • Raúl Sanchez-Muñoz
  • Abbas Khojasteh
  • Elisabeth Moyano
  • Rosa M. Cusido
  • Javier Palazon
Reference work entry
Part of the Reference Series in Phytochemistry book series (RSP)


Mass phytochemical production in biotechnological platforms based on plant cell and organ cultures provides an alternative to the field cultivation of plants. The system is being successfully applied to produce plant bioactive compounds scarce in nature, including taxol, a potent chemotherapeutic agent, and its analogs. Additionally, plant cell cultures are a potent tool to shed light on the biosynthesis of phytochemicals and its control. Several studies with Taxus spp. cell cultures, focused on increasing taxane production, have gained considerable molecular understanding of how these compounds are metabolized in the target cell cultures, particularly by the application of omics tools. This chapter summarizes the state of the art in the biotechnological production of taxol and related taxanes used for the semisynthesis of a new taxane generation. Special emphasis is given to the application of the latest cutting-edge technologies that reveal the molecular changes taking place in plant cells subjected to optimized conditions for taxane biosynthesis and accumulation.


Coronatine Elicitors Methyl jasmonate Plant cell cultures Taxanes, taximin Taxus spp. Taxol 



The work in the laboratory of Plant Physiology at the University of Barcelona has been supported by grants from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (BIO2011-29856-C02-01 and BIO2014-51861-R) and the Generalitat de Catalunya (2014SGR215).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heriberto Vidal-Limon
    • 1
  • Raúl Sanchez-Muñoz
    • 2
  • Abbas Khojasteh
    • 1
  • Elisabeth Moyano
    • 2
  • Rosa M. Cusido
    • 1
  • Javier Palazon
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratori de Fisiología Vegetal, Facultat de FarmaciaUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Departament de Ciencies Experimentals i de la SalutUniversitat Pompeu FabraBarcelonaSpain

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