A functional genomics approach toward the understanding of secondary metabolism in plant cells

Alain Goossens, Suvi T. Häkkinen, Into Laakso, Tuulikki Seppänen-Laakso, Stefania Biondi, Valerie De Sutter, Freya Lammertyn, Anna-Maria Nuutila, Hans Söderlund, Marc Zabeau, Dirk Inze (Corresponding Author), Kirsi-Marja Oksman-Caldentey

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    Despite the tremendous importance of secondary metabolites for humans as for the plant itself, plant secondary metabolism remains poorly characterized. Here, we present an experimental approach, based on functional genomics, to facilitate gene discovery in plant secondary metabolism. Targeted metabolite analysis was combined with cDNA-amplified fragment length polymorphism-based transcript profiling of jasmonate-elicited tobacco Bright yellow 2 cells. Transcriptome analysis suggested an extensive jasmonate-mediated genetic reprogramming of metabolism, which correlated well with the observed shifts in the biosynthesis of the metabolites investigated. This method, which in addition to transcriptome data also generates gene tags, in the future might lead to the creation of novel tools for metabolic engineering of medicinal plant systems in general.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)8595-8600
    Number of pages6
    JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
    Issue number14
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • metabolites
    • plant metabolites
    • secondary metabolites
    • metabolomics


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