Novel Insights into the Regulation of Plant Specialized Metabolism
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 91
Plants synthesize over 200,000 chemically diverse specialized metabolites (SMs), which are primarily categorized into three groups: phenolic compounds, terpenoids, and alkaloids. These SMs accumulate in specific plant tissues or during particular developmental stages and play a crucial role in defending plants against various biotic and abiotic stresses. Furthermore, many of these SMs possess inherent therapeutic properties that are beneficial to human health. Therefore, obtaining a deeper understanding of the regulatory mechanisms governing SM biosynthesis presents a significant promise in enhancing crop productivity and the production of valuable chemicals.
SM biosynthesis can be regulated at multiple levels:
- The transcriptional level: Transcription factors (TFs) directly target and control the expression of genes involved in the SM pathways;
- The post-transcriptional level: Small RNAs target and modulate the abundance of transcripts encoding SM pathway enzymes;
- The post-translational level: The activities of TFs and SM pathway enzymes can be altered through various types of modifications, such as phosphorylation.
The objective of this Special Issue is to present a compilation of original research articles and reviews in the field of SM regulation. We enthusiastically invite researchers to submit their work and perspectives to contribute to our collective understanding of this crucial topic.
Dr. Yongliang Liu
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- specialized metabolites
- transcription factors
- small RNA