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de la Parra, John [1].

Ethnobotanical Implications of Stress-Induced Alkaloid Production in Medicinal Plants.

The Madagascar periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus) produces over 100 alkaloids, many of which show activity against cancers and other diseases. These specialized metabolites are one very important way that the plant protects itself from predators, microbes, and other competitors. In this study, we investigate the alkaloid profile of in vitro tissue cultures that have been elicited with a plant defense hormone in order to increase and diversify biosynthesis.  Their alkaloid profiles, including at least one previously uncharacterized metabolite, are compared and characterized by MS/MS.  A comparison of the alkaloid profiles from C. roseus native roots, untreated, and elicited hairy root lines suggests that elicitation with the plant defense hormone, methyl jasmonate, uniquely altered alkaloid biosynthesis by diverting the metabolic pathway.


1 - Northeastern University, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, 102 Hurtig Hall , 334 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA, 02115, USA

Keywords:
medicinal plant
pharmacognosy.

Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
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Abstract ID:40
Candidate for Awards:None