Flavonoid biosynthesis in the tea plant Camellia sinensis: properties of enzymes of the prominent epicatechin and catechin pathways.

@article{Punyasiri2004FlavonoidBI,
  title={Flavonoid biosynthesis in the tea plant Camellia sinensis: properties of enzymes of the prominent epicatechin and catechin pathways.},
  author={P A Nimal Punyasiri and I. Sarath B. Abeysinghe and Vinoth Kumar and Dieter Treutter and Daniela Duy and Christian Gosch and Stefan Martens and Gert Forkmann and Thilo Christopher Fischer},
  journal={Archives of biochemistry and biophysics},
  year={2004},
  volume={431 1},
  pages={22-30}
}
Leaves of tea (Camellia sinensis L.) contain extraordinary large amounts of (-)-epigallocatechin, (-)-epicatechin, (+)-gallocatechin, and (+)-catechin and derivatives of these compounds that show positive effects on human health. The health-promoting effects of flavan 3-ols, especially those of green tea, are of scientific and public interest. Furthermore, they play a crucial role in defense against pathogens of tea. Therefore, biosynthesis of these flavonoid compounds was investigated. The… CONTINUE READING

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