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Special Issue "Plant Steroids"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Plant Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Jana Oklestkova
Guest Editor
Laboratory of Growth Regulators, Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Science & Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Interests: Phytohormones; brassinosteroids; plant steroids; immunoassays (polyclonal/monoclonal antibodies); methods for the determination of plant hormones

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Steroid compounds play vital functions in biological systems. Steroids of some kind probably occur in all living organisms, and many of them are rather widely distributed and may occur in plants as well as animals. Naturally occurring steroids include not only animal hormones with a variety of molecular structures and functions but also a range of steroids that are regarded as typical plant compounds. These include brassinosteroids, phytoecdysteroids, withanolides, cardenolides, and bufadienolides. In plants, they are largely combined with sugars to form glycosides, e.g., steroidal saponins and glycoalkaloids. The biological activities of steroids in plants are well described. The treatment of plants with steroids, or their precursors, influences plant development, such as cell divisions, root and shoot growth, embryo growth, flowering, and pollen tube growth. Plant steroids also have many interesting medicinal and pharmaceutical activities, such as anti-tumor, immunosuppressive, hepatoprotective, antibacterial, antihelminthic, cytotoxic, and cardiotonic activities.

Progress in the study of steroidal plant hormones will result in establishing many details about their actions and will lead to their use in practice (in agriculture or medicine).

This Special Issue will focus on the latest advances in plant steroid research, especially on biosynthesis and metabolism, interaction with other phytohormones, chemical synthesis, biological activities, and potential medical applications. Original research articles and reviews in this field would be welcome.

Dr. Jana Oklestkova
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • plant steroids
  • biological activity
  • medical use
  • interaction with other phytohormones
  • isolation and quantification methods
  • chemical synthesis
  • biosynthesis and metabolism

Published Papers

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