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Complex Interplay of Hormonal Signals during Grape Berry Ripening

BioISI, Faculdade de Ciências de Lisboa, Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal
Instituto de Tecnologia de Química Biológica (ITQB), Biotecnologia de Células Vegetais, Av. da República, 2781-157 Oeiras, Portugal
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Academic Editors: Susan E. Ebeler and Helene Hopfer
Molecules 2015, 20(5), 9326-9343;
Received: 17 February 2015 / Revised: 15 May 2015 / Accepted: 18 May 2015 / Published: 21 May 2015
(This article belongs to the Collection Wine Chemistry)
Grape and wine production and quality is extremely dependent on the fruit ripening process. Sensory and nutritional characteristics are important aspects for consumers and their development during fruit ripening involves complex hormonal control. In this review, we explored data already published on grape ripening and compared it with the hormonal regulation of ripening of other climacteric and non-climacteric fruits. The roles of abscisic acid, ethylene, and brassinosteroids as promoters of ripening are discussed, as well as the role of auxins, cytokinins, gibberellins, jasmonates, and polyamines as inhibitors of ripening. In particular, the recently described role of polyamine catabolism in grape ripening is discussed, together with its putative interaction with other hormones. Furthermore, other recent examples of cross-talk among the different hormones are presented, revealing a complex interplay of signals during grape development and ripening. View Full-Text
Keywords: grape ripening; hormonal regulation; metabolome; polyamines; transcriptome; viticulture grape ripening; hormonal regulation; metabolome; polyamines; transcriptome; viticulture
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Fortes, A.M.; Teixeira, R.T.; Agudelo-Romero, P. Complex Interplay of Hormonal Signals during Grape Berry Ripening. Molecules 2015, 20, 9326-9343.

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