Carolyn W. T. Lee-Parsons

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The optimum growth stage for enhancing ajmalicine production in Catharanthus roseuscultures with methyl jasmonate (MJ) was after 6 d growth. MJ added at 10 or 100 μm on day 6 gave a maximum ajmalicine production of 10.2 mg l−1, a 300% increase over that of non-elicited cultures.
The effects of methyl jasmonate (MJ) dosage on terpenoid indole alkaloid (TIA) biosynthesis in Catharanthus roseus are correlated with the relative levels of specific MJ-responsive transcription factors. In this study, the expression of transcription factors (Orca, Zct, Gbf, Myc2, At-hook, and Wrky1), TIA pathway genes (G10h, Tdc, Str, and Sgd), and TIA(More)
The production of pharmaceutically important terpenoid indole alkaloids (TIAs) from Catharanthus roseus is partly regulated at the transcriptional level. In this study, limitations in TIA biosynthesis from C. roseus hairy root cultures were assessed through gene expression profiling and precursor feeding. The transcript levels of key TIA pathway genes(More)
Cytosolic Ca2+ and jasmonate mediate signals that induce defense responses in plants. In this study, the interaction between Ca2+ and methyl jasmonate (MJ) in modulating defense responses was investigated by monitoring ajmalicine production in Catharanthus roseus suspension cultures. C. roseus suspensions were treated with nine combinations of CaCl2 (3, 23,(More)
Production of the benzophenanthridine alkaloids in Eschscholtzia californica suspension cell cultures was optimized by adding 0.5 mg methyl jasmonate (MJ) and 0.02 mg salicylic acid (SA)/g FCW after 7 days cultivation. Sanguinarine reached 24 mg/g DCW by such treatment; 10 times higher than in control cell cultures. MJ and SA induced expression of berberine(More)
The potential for the feedback inhibition of indole alkaloid synthesis was investigated by spiking suspension cultures of Catharanthus roseus with 0, 9, or 18 mg/L ajmalicine on day 0. The production of ajmalicine, catharanthine, and serpentine were inhibited in a dose-dependent manner. The inhibition was transient as the exogenous ajmalicine was ultimately(More)
Plant cell and tissue cultures are a scalable and controllable alternative to whole plants for obtaining natural products of medical relevance. Cultures can be optimized for high yields of desired metabolites using rapid profiling assays such as HPLC. We describe an approach to establishing a rapid assay for profiling cell culture expression systems using a(More)
An Agro-mediated transformation method has been adapted in Catharanthus roseus seedlings for transient overexpression. Our results suggest that Agro-mediated methods may induce defense-related genes, which should be considered in its application. The Fast Agro-mediated Seedling Transformation (FAST) method, which involves the co-cultivation and transient(More)
To develop an optimal bioprocess for secondary metabolite production and explain the bioprocess at the molecular level, we examine the synergistic effects of sequential treatment with methyl jasmonate (MJ), salicylic acid (SA) and yeast extract (YE) on benzophenanthridine alkaloid accumulation and protein expression in Eschscholtzia californica suspension(More)