Title: An unexpected plethora of trehalose biosynthesis genes in Arabidopsis thaliana
Authors: Leyman, Barbara ×
Van Dijck, Patrick
Thevelein, Johan #
Issue Date: Nov-2001
Publisher: Elsevier science london
Series Title: Trends in plant science vol:6 issue:11 pages:510-513
Abstract: Trehalose accumulation has been documented in many organisms, such as bacteria and fungi, where it serves a storage and stress-protection role. Although conspicuously absent in most plants, trehalose biosynthesis genes were discovered recently in higher plants. We have uncovered a family of 11 TPS genes in Arabidopsis thaliana, one of which encodes a trehalose-6-phosphate (Tre6P) synthase, and a subfamily of which might encode the still elusive Tre6P phosphatases. A regulatory role in carbon metabolism is likely but might not be restricted to the TPS control of hexokinase activity as documented for yeast. Incompatibility between high trehalose levels and chaperone-assisted protein folding might be a reason why plants have evolved to accumulate some alternative stress-protection compounds to trehalose.
ISSN: 1360-1385
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Molecular Physiology of Plants and Micro-organisms Section - miscellaneous
Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology Section - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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