Characterization of polyphenol oxidase in coffee.


Polyphenol oxidase (PPO) was characterized in partially purified extracts of leaves (PPO-L) and fruit endosperm (PPO-E) of coffee (Coffea arabica L.). PPO activity was higher in early developmental stages of both leaves and endosperm of fruits. Wounding or exposure of coffee leaves to methyl jasmonate increased PPO activity 1.5-4-fold. PPO was not latent… (More)