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Correction published on 20 March 2014, see Antioxidants 2014, 3(1), 189.

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Antioxidants 2013, 2(4), 340-369; doi:10.3390/antiox2040340

Antioxidant Defenses in Plants with Attention to Prunus and Citrus spp.

Department of Agri-Food Production and Environmental Sciences, Section of Agricultural Genetics–DISPAA, University of Florence, via Maragliano 77, Firenze 50144, Italy
Received: 14 July 2013 / Revised: 8 October 2013 / Accepted: 28 October 2013 / Published: 26 November 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Plant Antioxidants)
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Abstract

This short review briefly introduces the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) as by-products of oxidation/reduction (redox) reactions, and the ways in which the antioxidant defense machinery is involved directly or indirectly in ROS scavenging. Major antioxidants, both enzymatic and non enzymatic, that protect higher plant cells from oxidative stress damage are described. Biochemical and molecular features of the antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), and ascorbate peroxidase (APX) are discussed because they play crucial roles in scavenging ROS in the different cell compartments and in response to stress conditions. Among the non enzymatic defenses, particular attention is paid to ascorbic acid, glutathione, flavonoids, carotenoids, and tocopherols. The operation of ROS scavenging systems during the seasonal cycle and specific developmental events, such as fruit ripening and senescence, are discussed in relation to the intense ROS formation during these processes that impact fruit quality. Particular attention is paid to Prunus and Citrus species because of the nutritional and antioxidant properties contained in these commonly consumed fruits. View Full-Text
Keywords: reactive oxygen species; ROS; antioxidant enzymes; antioxidant molecules; Prunus spp.; Citrus spp.; ascorbic acid; vitamin C; carotenoids; flavonoids reactive oxygen species; ROS; antioxidant enzymes; antioxidant molecules; Prunus spp.; Citrus spp.; ascorbic acid; vitamin C; carotenoids; flavonoids
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Racchi, M.L. Antioxidant Defenses in Plants with Attention to Prunus and Citrus spp.. Antioxidants 2013, 2, 340-369.

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