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The aspartic acid metabolic pathway, an exciting and essential pathway in plants.

Azevedo, R. A. and Lancien, M. and Lea, P. J. (2006) The aspartic acid metabolic pathway, an exciting and essential pathway in plants. Amino Acids, 30 (2). pp. 143-162. ISSN 0939-4451

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Abstract

Aspartate is the common precursor of the essential amino acids lysine, threonine, methionine and isoleucine in higher plants. In addition, aspartate may also be converted to asparagine, in a potentially competing reaction. The latest information on the properties of the enzymes involved in the pathways and the genes that encode them is described. An understanding of the overall regulatory control of the flux through the pathways is undisputedly of great interest, since the nutritive value of all cereal and legume crops is reduced due to low concentrations of at least one of the aspartate-derived amino acids. We have reviewed the recent literature and discussed in this paper possible methods by which the concentrations of the limiting amino acids may be increased in the seeds.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Amino Acids
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aspartic acid – Asparagine – Isoleucine – Lysine – Methionine – Threonine
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 9419
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 16 Jul 2008 16:51
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 18:36
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/9419

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