Mylavarapu Venkatramesh

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Tocochromanols (tocopherols and tocotrienols) are important lipid soluble antioxidants and are an essential part of the mammalian diet. Oilseeds are particularly rich in tocochromanols with an average concentration 10-fold higher than other plant tissues. Here we describe a systematic approach to identify rate-limiting reactions in the tocochromanol(More)
Synthetic zinc finger transcription factors (ZFP-TFs) were designed to upregulate the expression of the endogenous Arabidopsis gamma-tocopherol methyltransferase (GMT) gene. This gene encodes the enzyme responsible for the conversion of gamma-tocopherol to alpha-tocopherol, the tocopherol species with the highest vitamin E activity. Five three-finger zinc(More)
Sixty-one sterols and pentacyclic triterpenes have been isolated and characterized by chromatographic and spectral methods fromZea mays (corn). Several plant parts were examined; seed, pollen, cultured hypocotyl cells, roots, coleoptiles (sheaths), and blades. By studying reaction pathways and mechanisms on plants fed radiotracers ([2-14C]mevalonic acid,(More)
TheERG6 gene fromSaccharomyces cerevisiae has been functionally expressed inEscherichia coli, for the first time, yielding a protein that catalyzes the bisubstrate transfer reaction whereby the reactive methyl group from (S)-adenosyl-l-methionine is transferred stereoselectively to C-24 of the sterol side chain. The structural requirements of sterol in(More)
Plant sterols and their hydrogenated forms, stanols, have attracted much attention because of their benefits to human health in reducing serum and LDL cholesterol levels, with vegetable oil processing being their major source in several food products currently sold. The predominant forms of plant sterol end products are sitosterol, stigmasterol, campesterol(More)
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