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Combining Genomics and Metabolomics for the Discovery of Regulatory Genes and Their Use in Metabolic Engineering to Produce ‘Healthy Foods’
Martin, C. ; Luo, J. ; Lebouteiller, B. ; Mock, H.P. ; Matros, A. ; Peterek, S. ; Schijlen, E.G.W.M. ; Hall, R.D. ; Shintu, L. ; Colquhoun, I. ; Weisshaar, B. ; Butelli, E. - \ 2012
In: Proceedings of the I International Symposium on Genetic Modifications - Challenges and Opportunities for Horticulture in the World, Ski, Norway, 2011. - ISHS (Acta Horticulturae ) - ISBN 9789066056541 - p. 73 - 84.
Plants often accumulate their natural products to relatively low levels, so there is a lot of interest in breeding or engineering plants that produce higher levels. It has been shown that the most effective way to increase the accumulation of secondary metabolites is to increase the activity of genes that regulate the activity of the biosynthetic pathways that make different natural products. Regulatory genes of this type encode proteins called transcription factors. The biggest bottleneck in using this strategy to develop plants that accumulate significantly higher levels of important natural products is that not many transcription factors regulating secondary metabolism have yet been identified at the molecular level. Genes encoding transcription factors can be identified from model plants with sequenced genomes. The ability of such genes to regulate metabolism can be assayed by examination of mutants (reverse genetics) and by investigating the metabolic effects of high levels of expression of the genes. The combined techniques of metabolic fingerprinting and metabolite profiling of mutant and transgenic plants are allowing us to identify new genes encoding transcription factors controlling secondary metabolism, that can be used as tools for engineering natural product accumulation
Metabolomic and genetic analyses of flavonol synthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana support the in vivo involvement of leucoanthocyanidin dioxygenase
Stracke, R. ; Vos, R.C.H. de; Bartelniewoehner, L. ; Ishihara, H. ; Sagasser, M. ; Martens, S. ; Weisshaar, B. - \ 2009
Planta 229 (2009)2. - ISSN 0032-0935 - p. 427 - 445.
phenylpropanoid biosynthesis - anthocyanidin synthase - functional expression - transcription factor - petunia-hybrida - flavanone 3-beta-hydroxylase - differential regulation - conserved histidine - mass-spectrometry - escherichia-coli
Flavonol synthase (FLS) (EC-number, the enzyme that catalyses the conversion of flavonols into dihydroflavonols, is part of the flavonoid biosynthesis pathway. In Arabidopsis thaliana, this activity is thought to be encoded by several loci. In addition to the FLAVONOL SYNTHASE1 (FLS1) locus that has been confirmed by enzyme activity assays, loci displaying similarity of the deduced amino acid sequences to FLS1 have been identified. We studied the putative A. thaliana FLS gene family using a combination of genetic and metabolite analysis approaches. Although several of the FLS gene family members are expressed, only FLS1 appeared to influence flavonoid biosynthesis. Seedlings of an A. thaliana fls1 null mutant (fls1-2) show enhanced anthocyanin levels, drastic reduction in flavonol glycoside content and concomitant accumulation of glycosylated forms of dihydroflavonols, the substrate of the FLS reaction. By using a leucoanthocyanidin dioxygenase (ldox) fls1-2 double mutant, we present evidence that the remaining flavonol glycosides found in the fls1-2 mutant are synthesized in planta by the FLS-like side activity of the LDOX enzyme
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