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Special Issue "Plant Polyamines"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2019).
Polyamines are ubiquitous natural compounds and, as polycations with their primary and secondary amino groups protonated, interact with negatively charged macromolecules, such as DNA, RNA, and proteins, to modulate their activities. In plants, polyamines are involved in a variety of physiological processes. They are also metabolized in certain flowering plants into nitrogen-containing specialized metabolites including nicotine, tropane and pyrrolizidine alkaloids. One unique feature of plant polyamines is the widespread occurrence of thermospermine from primitive algae to land plants. However, it’s only after the turn of the century that the specific function of thermospermine in plant vascular development was identified. On the other hand, its structural isomer spermine has been implicated in biotic and abiotic stress response. Spermine catabolism is also proposed to be a key source of hydrogen peroxide in the stress response although there are some uncertainty about which is more important, accumulation of polyamines or catabolism of them. Polyamines are also present as a conjugated form with cinnamic acids and proteins and the genes responsible for these conjugations have been increasingly identified. This Special Issue of Plants will highlight new discoveries about the metabolism and function of plant polyamines and help to stimulate further research. I also hope that it will make readers aware of the link between their own work and topics related to polyamines.
Prof. Taku Takahashi
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- stress response
- growth and development
- polyamine oxidation
- polyamine conjugation
- polyamine transport
- gene evolution