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Non-volatile natural products in plant glandular trichomes: chemistry, biological activities and biosynthesis

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Abstract

Covering: 1960s to end of August 2018

Plant glandular trichomes (GTs) are adaptive structures that are well known as “phytochemical factories” due to their impressive capacity to biosynthesize and store large quantities of specialized natural products. The natural products in GTs are chemically diverse and mostly function as defense chemicals, therefore GTs are frequently regarded as “the first defense line” of plants against biotic and abiotic stresses. More importantly, many GT natural products are commercially desirable, thanks to their significant biological activities, thus attracting extensive interest in their biosynthesis. Consequently, it is well known that plant GTs are not only important reservoirs of biologically active natural products but are also a valuable bank of novel biosynthetic genes and enzymes. The non-volatile or oxygenated natural products in plant GTs, which need longer biosynthetic pathways and more energy from the plants, are of particular interest due to their more extensive biological activities and high commercial value. This review mainly focuses on these non-volatile natural products in plant GTs, including their chemistry, biological activities and biosynthesis. The methods employed for investigating natural products and their biosynthesis in plant GTs are also comprehensively discussed.

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The article was received on 04 Sep 2018 and first published on 23 Nov 2018


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8NP00077H
Citation: Nat. Prod. Rep., 2019, Advance Article
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    Non-volatile natural products in plant glandular trichomes: chemistry, biological activities and biosynthesis

    Y. Liu, S. Jing, S. Luo and S. Li, Nat. Prod. Rep., 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8NP00077H

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