Increased accumulation of trichosanthin in Trichosanthes kirilowii induced by microorganisms

Ricky N S WONG, Nai Ki MAK, W. T. Choi, Patrick T.W. Law

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Trichosanthin, a type 1 ribosome-inactivating protein, is highly expressed in the root tuber of Trichosanthes kirilowii when grown under normal greenhouse conditions. The expression level of trichosanthin was significantly reduced when the seeds were germinated and subsequently grown in a sterile environment. However, co-cultivation of the sterile T. kirilowii with microorganisms results in an accumulated level of trichosanthin suggesting a possible role of trichosanthin in defence against pathogens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-358
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Experimental Botany
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1995

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Physiology
  • Plant Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • Expression levels
  • Fungi
  • Trichosanthes kirilowii
  • Trichosanthin


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