Amino Acids and their Derivatives in Higher Plants

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Plants convert inorganic nitrogen into amino acids, the building blocks of a variety of functional compounds. They help to resist stresses and defend plants against pests and diseases. Experts from around the world review the biochemistry and molecular biology of protein amino acids and other such compounds found in the higher plants. The most recent research is authoritatively presented on the physiological role of these compounds.This book will be of great value to researchers in plant biochemistry, physiology and phytochemistry.
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A volume arising from a meeting at Rothamsted Experimental Station in September 1993, sponsored by the Plant Metabolism Group of the SEB. The meeting was held to mark a century and a half of work at the Station on aspects of plant nitrogen nutrition and amino acid biosynthesis. The 16 papers look at the significant recent progress in understanding the biochemistry of amino acids, with contributed chapters on protein amino acids, non-protein amino acids, betaines, glutathione, polyamines, and other secondary metabolites derived from amino acids. Note: CiP incorrectly shows this volume as number 53 in the series. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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'… so useful for students and teachers of plant sciences who want to look beyond the basics on amino acid metabolism found in text books. For them it is highly recommended.' G. Sandmann, Journal of Plant Physiology

'The title of this symposium volume does not do complete justice to the contents, since topics covered include betaines, polyamines, cyanogenic glyocides and glucosinolates as well as amino acids … In summary, this is a valuable addition to the literature on nitrogen metabolism and at £40.00 is not unreasonable priced by today's standards.' Jeffrey B. Harborne, Phytochemistry

'Dr Wallsgrove should be congratulated on putting together an excellent book that will be of considerable value to final year undergraduates and all research workers with an interest in the field.' P. J. Lea, Annals of Botany

'This book is recommended strongly to the workers in the area of plant sciences, especially those working in the area of nitrogen metabolism.' N. Appaji Rao, Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Glutamine synthetase in higher plants: molecular biology meets plant physiology 1
Interactions of nitrogen and carbon metabolism: implications of PEP carboxylase and isocitrate dehydrogenase 19
The genetics of aspartate derived amino acids in higher plants 29
Oxidyation of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC) in the generation of ethylene by plants 51
Regulation of carbon flow through the branched chain amino acid biosynthetic pathway 59
Amino acid metabolism and protein deposition in the endosperm of wheat: synthesis of proline via ornithine 77
The glycine decarboxylase complex in higher plant mitochondria: structure, function and biogenesis 87
Glycine and serine synthesis in non-photosynthetic tissues 111
Biogenesis of N-heterocyclic amino acids by plants: mechanisms of biological significance 119
Toxicity of non-protein amino acids from plants 145
Processes involved in glutathione metabolism 155
Betaines in higher plants - biosynthesis and role in stress metabolism 173
Metabolism and function of polyamines during osmotically induced senescence in oat leaves and protoplasts 205
Biosynthesis of cyanogenic glucosides. Elucidation of the pathway and characterization of the cytochromes P-450 involved 227
The biosynthesis of glucosinolates in Brassicas 243
Biochemical genetics of aliphatic glucosinolates in Brassica and Arabidopsis 261
Index 277
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