Special Issue "Molecular Research in Plant Secondary Metabolism"

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A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 April 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Marcello Iriti
Plant Biology and Pathology Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Milan State University, Via Celoria 2, Milan 20133, Italy
Website: http://www.unimi.it/chiedove/schedaPersonaXML.jsp?matricola=16744
E-Mail: marcello.iriti@unimi.it

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In plants, the ecological and functional roles of secondary metabolites range from adaptation to harsh environments, to chemical communication and pollination. In their environment, these sessile organisms have to cope with a plethora of external (potentially) stressful conditions. Pathogen challenge, adverse climate and environmental pollution are detrimental factors that plants have to overcome to survive. Therefore, on the other side of the barricade, plants mount a complex array of defence reactions to tolerate all these biotic and abiotic stresses, including the biosynthesis of antimicrobial and antioxidant phytoalexins. Similarly, plants produce and release semiochemicals and allelochemicals for intra- and interpescific communication, in order to defend themselves from phytophagy and other predators. In addition, flower colours (pigments) and scents (volatile compounds) are pivotal in attracting pollinators, the vectors of pollen grains and key player in reproduction of angiosperms. Plants spent a considerable amount of their metabolic reserves to defend themselves, balancing their available resources between primary (growth and reproduction) and secondary (defence) metabolism. These metabolic costs arise from the complex defence machinery mounted by plants at level of genes, proteins and secondary metabolites. In other terms, defence responses may have an impact on the plant fitness, thus resulting limiting for the species. In the last decades, emphasis has been paid to bioactive secondary metabolites in medicinal and food plants, possibly because of their healthy potential for humans. A huge number of in vitro and in vivo studies documented antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, antitumoral, cardio- and neuroprotective activities of different phytochemicals, including phenylpropanoids, isoprenoids, alkaloids, glucosinolates, betalains and others. In this view, priming plants for improving secondary metabolite biosynthesis may represent a reliable strategy to meet plant defence and human nutrition, with a number of elicitors available in agricultural practice and able to stimulate accumulation of bioactives in plant tissues and products. We invite investigators to submit both original research and review articles that explore all the aspects of plant secondary metabolism and its regulation, at gene, protein and metabolic levels. We are also interested in contributions in the field of chemical ecology, nutraceutical and medicinal plant research. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Plant resistance mechanisms against pathogens
  • Plant tolerance strategies against abiotic stresses
  • Global climate change
  • Water, air and soil pollution
  • Fitness costs
  • Chemical ecology
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Medicinal plants
  • Essential oils

Professor Marcello Iriti
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • plant stress physiology and biology
  • bioactive phytochemicals
  • natural products
  • healthy plant foods
  • ethnopharmacology

Published Papers (30 papers)

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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(10), 19651-19669; doi:10.3390/ijms141019651
Received: 17 July 2013; in revised form: 11 September 2013 / Accepted: 12 September 2013 / Published: 27 September 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(9), 19025-19053; doi:10.3390/ijms140919025
Received: 13 June 2013; in revised form: 29 July 2013 / Accepted: 17 August 2013 / Published: 16 September 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(9), 18711-18739; doi:10.3390/ijms140918711
Received: 11 July 2013; in revised form: 27 July 2013 / Accepted: 15 August 2013 / Published: 11 September 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(9), 18502-18519; doi:10.3390/ijms140918502
Received: 18 June 2013; in revised form: 9 August 2013 / Accepted: 19 August 2013 / Published: 9 September 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(9), 17781-17811; doi:10.3390/ijms140917781
Received: 26 June 2013; in revised form: 6 August 2013 / Accepted: 13 August 2013 / Published: 30 August 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(8), 16207-16225; doi:10.3390/ijms140816207
Received: 3 June 2013; in revised form: 19 July 2013 / Accepted: 25 July 2013 / Published: 6 August 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(8), 15532-15545; doi:10.3390/ijms140815532
Received: 3 May 2013; in revised form: 24 June 2013 / Accepted: 17 July 2013 / Published: 25 July 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(8), 15561-15577; doi:10.3390/ijms140815561
Received: 27 May 2013; in revised form: 9 July 2013 / Accepted: 17 July 2013 / Published: 25 July 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(7), 14996-15016; doi:10.3390/ijms140714996
Received: 9 May 2013; in revised form: 13 June 2013 / Accepted: 24 June 2013 / Published: 18 July 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(7), 14950-14973; doi:10.3390/ijms140714950
Received: 24 April 2013; in revised form: 11 July 2013 / Accepted: 11 July 2013 / Published: 17 July 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(7), 14136-14170; doi:10.3390/ijms140714136
Received: 25 April 2013; in revised form: 19 June 2013 / Accepted: 25 June 2013 / Published: 8 July 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(7), 13796-13807; doi:10.3390/ijms140713796
Received: 3 May 2013; in revised form: 14 June 2013 / Accepted: 28 June 2013 / Published: 3 July 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(7), 13763-13781; doi:10.3390/ijms140713763
Received: 12 April 2013; in revised form: 18 June 2013 / Accepted: 25 June 2013 / Published: 2 July 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(7), 13626-13644; doi:10.3390/ijms140713626
Received: 13 May 2013; in revised form: 13 June 2013 / Accepted: 14 June 2013 / Published: 28 June 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(6), 12780-12805; doi:10.3390/ijms140612780
Received: 26 April 2013; in revised form: 24 May 2013 / Accepted: 31 May 2013 / Published: 19 June 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(6), 12806-12826; doi:10.3390/ijms140612806
Received: 22 April 2013; in revised form: 13 June 2013 / Accepted: 14 June 2013 / Published: 19 June 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(6), 12533-12549; doi:10.3390/ijms140612533
Received: 22 April 2013; in revised form: 21 May 2013 / Accepted: 4 June 2013 / Published: 14 June 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(6), 12138-12156; doi:10.3390/ijms140612138
Received: 25 April 2013; in revised form: 29 May 2013 / Accepted: 31 May 2013 / Published: 6 June 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(6), 11830-11841; doi:10.3390/ijms140611830
Received: 26 April 2013; in revised form: 17 May 2013 / Accepted: 22 May 2013 / Published: 4 June 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(6), 11871-11894; doi:10.3390/ijms140611871
Received: 24 April 2013; in revised form: 21 May 2013 / Accepted: 21 May 2013 / Published: 4 June 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(6), 11713-11741; doi:10.3390/ijms140611713
Received: 28 April 2013; in revised form: 26 May 2013 / Accepted: 27 May 2013 / Published: 31 May 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(6), 11607-11625; doi:10.3390/ijms140611607
Received: 27 April 2013; in revised form: 14 May 2013 / Accepted: 20 May 2013 / Published: 30 May 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(6), 10958-10978; doi:10.3390/ijms140610958
Received: 26 April 2013; in revised form: 15 May 2013 / Accepted: 17 May 2013 / Published: 24 May 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(6), 10819-10821; doi:10.3390/ijms140610819
Received: 3 May 2013; in revised form: 14 May 2013 / Accepted: 21 May 2013 / Published: 23 May 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(5), 10242-10297; doi:10.3390/ijms140510242
Received: 2 April 2013; in revised form: 27 April 2013 / Accepted: 2 May 2013 / Published: 16 May 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(5), 10178-10196; doi:10.3390/ijms140510178
Received: 16 February 2013; in revised form: 24 April 2013 / Accepted: 2 May 2013 / Published: 15 May 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(5), 8684-8697; doi:10.3390/ijms14058684
Received: 20 January 2013; in revised form: 2 April 2013 / Accepted: 17 April 2013 / Published: 24 April 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(4), 8538-8555; doi:10.3390/ijms14048538
Received: 14 January 2013; in revised form: 2 March 2013 / Accepted: 7 April 2013 / Published: 17 April 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(2), 4203-4222; doi:10.3390/ijms14024203
Received: 27 November 2012; in revised form: 8 January 2013 / Accepted: 29 January 2013 / Published: 20 February 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(2), 3540-3555; doi:10.3390/ijms14023540
Received: 11 January 2013; in revised form: 30 January 2013 / Accepted: 31 January 2013 / Published: 7 February 2013
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