Special Issue "Insight into Plant Response to Abiotic Stress: The Role of Glyoxalase Pathway and Antioxidant System"

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Response to Abiotic Stress and Climate Change".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Biancaelena Maserti
Guest Editor
Istituto per la Protezione Sostenibile delle Piante, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, UOS Firenze, Italy
Interests: abiotic stress; antioxidant system; glyoxalase pathway; poliploid plants; crop wild type and relatives; landraces

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plant growth and crop productivity are strongly influenced by abiotic stresses, such as cold, drought, mineral imbalance, heat, and ozone. As a common consequence of plant exposure to abiotic stresses, the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and methylglyoxal (MG) increase. ROS and MG can react with proteins, lipids and nucleic acids, resulting in metabolic dysfunction and death.

To scavenge those toxic compounds, plants have a complex network of mechanisms, including the activation of antioxidant enzymes such as SOD, CAT, and those of Halliwell-Asada Cycle to control ROS levels. The glyoxalase system can directly detoxify MG or can play a role in oxidative stress response by maintaining gluthathione (GSH) homeostasis. Several studies have showed that increased plant resistance to abiotic stresses are often correlated with high levels of glyoxalase and antioxidant enzyme activity.

This Special Issue will collect novel research papers and original reviews focusing on the response of the glyoxalase system and antioxidant enzymes in plants exposed to abiotic stress, with particular attention to their possible combined regulatory roles in alleviating oxidative damage and increase plant resistance to abiotic stress.

Dr. Biancaelena Maserti
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Abiotic stress
  • Antioxidant enzymes
  • Gluthathione
  • Glyoxalase pathway
  • MG
  • ROS

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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