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Volume 69, Issue 1


Study of electron-dense thylakoids in chloroplasts of Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni in relation to the biosynthesis of diterpenoids

Nikolai Bondarev
  • K.A. Timiryazev Institute of Plant Physiology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
  • State University — Education-Science-Production Complex, Orel, Russia
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  • K.A. Timiryazev Institute of Plant Physiology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
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Published Online: 2013-11-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11756-013-0291-2


Using transmission electronic microscopy and mass spectrometry electron-dense thylakoids of chloroplasts of Stevia rebaudiana leaves during active vegetable growth of this plant were studied in relation to the biosynthesis of diterpenoid glycosides (DGs). It was found that these compounds are absent in these thylakoids, but they contain a water-insoluble weakly polar ent-kauren, a known biosynthetic precursor of DGs as well as gibberellins. This finding provides a base for the suggestion that similar, electron-dense, thylakoids were observed earlier by other authors in other plant species. These data allowed us to conclude that an intensive biosynthesis of ent-kauren is likely related to adaptation of the short-day plants including Stevia rebaudiana to vegetable growth under the long day conditions.

Keywords: Stevia rebaudiana; content of diterpenoid glycosides; electron-dense thylakoids; ent-kauren; gibberellins

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Published Online: 2013-11-15

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Citation Information: Biologia, Volume 69, Issue 1, Pages 70–75, ISSN (Online) 1336-9563, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11756-013-0291-2.

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