Carotenoid Biosynthesis (Zea mays)

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High-light conditionsLow-light conditions1, 2all-trans-lycopeneγ-carotenelycopene biosynthesis1, 2EC: (LCYE)δ-caroteneEC: (LCYB)α-caroteneEC: (CHYB)zeinoxanthinEC: (CHYE)luteinβ-caroteneβ-cryptoxanthinzeazanthinEC: (ZEP)antheraxanthinviolaxanthinEC: (NSY)neoxanthinEC: (LCYB)EC: (LCYB)EC: (CHYB)EC: (CHYB)EC: (VDE)EC: (ZEP)EC: (VDE)


Carotenoids pigments in plants are a family of secondary metabolites that participate in light harvesting. They are essential for photoprotection against excess light. carotenoids are also the precursors for the biosynthesis of plant hormones such as abscisic acid and strigolactones. The biosynthesis occurs in the plastid organelle of higher plants.

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  1. Ruiz-Sola M�, Rodríguez-Concepción M; ''Carotenoid biosynthesis in Arabidopsis: a colorful pathway.''; Arabidopsis Book, 2012 PubMed Europe PMC
  2. Wurtzel ET, Cuttriss A, Vallabhaneni R; ''Maize provitamin a carotenoids, current resources, and future metabolic engineering challenges.''; Front Plant Sci, 2012 PubMed Europe PMC


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NameTypeDatabase referenceComment
EC: (VDE)GeneProductQ39249 (Uniprot-TrEMBL) violaxanthin de-epoxidase
EC: (CHYB)GeneProductQ9SPK6 (Uniprot-TrEMBL)
EC: (ZEP)GeneProductP93236 (Uniprot-TrEMBL)
EC: (CHYE)GeneProductQ6TBX7 (Uniprot-TrEMBL)
EC: (NSY)GeneProductK4C9E2 (Uniprot-TrEMBL)
EC: (LCYE)GeneProductD9IL24 (Uniprot-TrEMBL)
EC: (LCYB)GeneProductB3FPQ7 (Uniprot-TrEMBL)
all-trans-lycopeneMetaboliteCHEBI:15948 (ChEBI)
antheraxanthinMetabolite5281223 (PubChem-compound)
luteinMetaboliteCHEBI:28838 (ChEBI)
lycopene biosynthesisPathwayWP2204 (WikiPathways)
neoxanthinMetabolite5282217 (PubChem-compound)
violaxanthinMetabolite448438 (PubChem-compound)
zeazanthinMetaboliteCHEBI:27547 (ChEBI)
zeinoxanthinMetabolite5281234 (PubChem-compound)
α-caroteneMetaboliteCHEBI:28425 (ChEBI)
β-caroteneMetaboliteCHEBI:17579 (ChEBI)
β-cryptoxanthinMetaboliteCHEBI:10362 (ChEBI)
γ-caroteneMetaboliteCHEBI:27740 (ChEBI)
δ-caroteneMetabolite5281230 (PubChem-compound)

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