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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18(4), 898;

Glyoxalase Goes Green: The Expanding Roles of Glyoxalase in Plants

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary AB T2N 1N4, Canada
Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (WPI-ITbM), Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8602, Japan
Department of Chemistry, Yale University, 225 Prospect St., New Haven, CT 06511, USA
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Academic Editor: Casper G. Schalkwijk
Received: 16 January 2017 / Revised: 11 April 2017 / Accepted: 11 April 2017 / Published: 24 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Glyoxalase System)
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The ubiquitous glyoxalase enzymatic pathway is involved in the detoxification of methylglyoxal (MG), a cytotoxic byproduct of glycolysis. The glyoxalase system has been more extensively studied in animals versus plants. Plant glyoxalases have been primarily associated with stress responses and their overexpression is known to impart tolerance to various abiotic stresses. In plants, glyoxalases exist as multigene families, and new roles for glyoxalases in various developmental and signaling pathways have started to emerge. Glyoxalase-based MG detoxification has now been shown to be important for pollination responses. During self-incompatibility response in Brassicaceae, MG is required to target compatibility factors for proteasomal degradation, while accumulation of glyoxalase leads to MG detoxification and efficient pollination. In this review, we discuss the importance of glyoxalase systems and their emerging biological roles in plants. View Full-Text
Keywords: glyoxalase; methylglyoxal; plants; development; stress response glyoxalase; methylglyoxal; plants; development; stress response

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Sankaranarayanan, S.; Jamshed, M.; Kumar, A.; Skori, L.; Scandola, S.; Wang, T.; Spiegel, D.; Samuel, M.A. Glyoxalase Goes Green: The Expanding Roles of Glyoxalase in Plants. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18, 898.

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