Polyamines in plant stress response

Thomas Berberich, G. H.M. Sagor, Tomonobu Kusano

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    Polyamines (PAs) are ubiquitous biogenic amines that have been implicated in diverse cellular functions in all organisms. Recent work has demonstrated that mainly the three prominent PAs in plants, putrescine, spermidine, and spermine, have a role as part of the complex signaling networks activated in response to abiotic stresses and pathogen attack. In a network comprising the PAs itself, their catabolic products such as H 2 O 2 produced by action of diamine oxidases (DAO) and polyamine oxidases (PAO), and other compounds such as γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), abscisic acid (ABA), and nitric oxide (NO), are part of interlaced cellular pathways. Current knowledge about PAs in plant stress responses is summarized in this chapter.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPolyamines
    Subtitle of host publicationA Universal Molecular Nexus for Growth, Survival, and Specialized Metabolism
    PublisherSpringer Japan
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)9784431552123
    ISBN (Print)9784431552116
    Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1


    • Cold
    • Drought
    • Heat
    • Pathogen
    • Polyamine
    • Salinity
    • Stress
    • Temperature
    • Tolerance

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
    • Medicine(all)


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