Genomics-based selection and functional characterization of triterpene glycosyltransferases from the model legume Medicago truncatula.

@article{Achnine2005GenomicsbasedSA,
  title={Genomics-based selection and functional characterization of triterpene glycosyltransferases from the model legume Medicago truncatula.},
  author={Lahoucine Achnine and David V. Huhman and Mohamed Farag and Lloyd W. Sumner and Jack W. Blount and Richard A. Dixon},
  journal={The Plant journal : for cell and molecular biology},
  year={2005},
  volume={41 6},
  pages={875-87}
}
The biosynthesis of triterpene saponins is poorly characterized in spite of the importance of these glycosylated secondary metabolites for plant defense and animal health. The model legume Medicago truncatula synthesizes more than 30 different saponins based on at least five triterpene aglycones; soyasapogenols B and E, medicagenic acid, hederagenin and bayogenin. We have employed an inducible cell culture system, DNA array-based and in silico transcript profiling, and targeted metabolite… CONTINUE READING

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