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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2002 Apr;5(2):151-7.

The genetics and molecular genetics of terpene and sterol origami.

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Plant Physiology/Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Program, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky 40546-0091, USA.


Terpenes and sterols are complex molecules synthesized by equally complex biosynthetic pathways. Recent progress in using the tools of genetics, molecular genetics and genetic engineering to dissect triterpene metabolism in the cytosol, and terpene metabolism in the plastids, has opened up new strategies and avenues of investigation. Most importantly, these studies have enhanced our appreciation of the biological significance of these compounds for plants, and have revealed new secrets of this intriguing biochemistry for practical applications in agriculture and medicine.

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