The Role of Phyto-Melatonin and Related Metabolites in Response to Stress
AbstractPlant hormone candidate melatonin has been widely studied in plants under various stress conditions, such as heat, cold, salt, drought, heavy metal, and pathogen attack. Under stress, melatonin usually accumulates sharply by modulating its biosynthesis and metabolic pathways. Beginning from the precursor tryptophan, four consecutive enzymes mediate the biosynthesis of tryptamine or 5-hydroxytryptophan, serotonin, N-acetylserotonin or 5-methoxytryptamine, and melatonin. Then, the compound is catabolized into 2-hydroxymelatonin, cyclic-3-hydroxymelatonin, and N1-acetyl-N2-formyl-5-methoxyknuramine through 2-oxoglutarate-dependent dioxygenase catalysis or reaction with reactive oxygen species. As an ancient and powerful antioxidant, melatonin directly scavenges ROS induced by various stress conditions. Furthermore, it confreres stress tolerance by activating the plant’s antioxidant system, alleviating photosynthesis inhibition, modulating transcription factors that are involved with stress resisting, and chelating and promoting the transport of heavy metals. Melatonin is even proven to defense against pathogen attacks for the plant by activating other stress-relevant hormones, like salicylic acid, ethylene, and jasmonic acid. Intriguingly, other precursors and metabolite molecules involved with melatonin also can increase stress tolerance for plant except for unconfirmed 5-methoxytryptamine, cyclic-3-hydroxymelatonin, and N1-acetyl-N2-formyl-5-methoxyknuramine. Therefore, the precursors and metabolites locating at the whole biosynthesis and catabolism pathway of melatonin could contribute to plant stress resistance, thus providing a new perspective for promoting plant stress tolerance. View Full-Text
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Yu, Y.; Lv, Y.; Shi, Y.; Li, T.; Chen, Y.; Zhao, D.; Zhao, Z. The Role of Phyto-Melatonin and Related Metabolites in Response to Stress. Molecules 2018, 23, 1887.
Yu Y, Lv Y, Shi Y, Li T, Chen Y, Zhao D, Zhao Z. The Role of Phyto-Melatonin and Related Metabolites in Response to Stress. Molecules. 2018; 23(8):1887.Chicago/Turabian Style
Yu, Yang; Lv, Yan; Shi, Yana; Li, Tao; Chen, Yanchun; Zhao, Dake; Zhao, Zhiwei. 2018. "The Role of Phyto-Melatonin and Related Metabolites in Response to Stress." Molecules 23, no. 8: 1887.
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