Title: Plant fructan exohydrolases: a role in signaling and defense?
Authors: Van den Ende, Wim ×
De Coninck, Barbara
Van Laere, André #
Issue Date: Nov-2004
Publisher: Elsevier science london
Series Title: Trends in plant science vol:9 issue:11 pages:523-528
Abstract: Fructans are fructose oligomers and polymers synthesized by a small number of plant and bacterial species and mainly function as reserve carbohydrates. The terminal fructosyl-fructose linkages can be degraded by fructan exohydrolases (FEHs), occurring in bacteria, fungi and fructan plants. Unexpectedly, it was found that FEHs also occur in non-fructan plants such as Beta vulgaris and Arabidopsis thaliana that apparently lack endogenous fructan substrates. FEHs might have defense-related roles acting on bacterial fructan-containing slimes or might act on minute (up to now undetected) amounts of fructans acting as signals in plants.
ISSN: 1360-1385
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Molecular Physiology of Plants and Micro-organisms Section - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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