Phytochelatins: the principal heavy-metal complexing peptides of higher plants.

  title={Phytochelatins: the principal heavy-metal complexing peptides of higher plants.},
  author={Erwin Grill and Ernst Ludwig Winnacker and Meinhart H. Zenk},
  volume={230 4726},
A set of novel heavy-metal complexing peptides was isolated from plant cell suspension cultures; the structure of the peptides was established as (gamma-glutamic acid-cysteine)n-glycine (n = 3 to 7). These peptides appear upon induction of plant cells with heavy metals and represent the principal metal-binding activities in the cells. The name phytochelatin is proposed for this new class of natural products. 
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