Enzymology of indole alkaloid biosynthesis in Catharanthus roseus.

Abstract

Indole alkaloids in Catharanthus roseus have been in focus because of their medicinal value. These alkaloids consist of an indole moiety provided by tryptamine and a terpenoid portion provided by the secologanin. The most important catharanthus alkaloids are vinblastine (VLB), vincristine (VCR) and ajmalicine. VLB and VCR are clinically useful anticancer… (More)

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