Diterpene biosynthesis in maize seedlings in response to fungal infection.


A cell-free system which catalyzes the biosynthesis of terpene hydrocarbons when supplemented with mevalonate, Mn(2+), and ATP was prepared from the scutellum-embryonic axis region of maize seedlings. The capacity of this system for the production of terpene hydrocarbons was enhanced 50- to 100-fold when the seedlings were exposed for 48 hours to the fungus… (More)

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