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Unraveling the regulation of vitamin E metabolism in Solanum lycopersicum


Besides its economical and nutritional importance, Solanum lycopersicum is a model system for plant physiology studies. The fresh fruit as well as the derivatives are sources of several antioxidants including vitamin E (VTE). The understanding of the mechanisms involved in the biosynthesis, transport and accumulation of VTE in plants is highly desirable due its significant role in human health and plant physiology. Our group identified ali tomato genes involved in VTE biosynthesis, 12 QTL associated with its content and proposed 16 candidate loci as possible genetic determinants of the mapped QTL Out of those, it is worth noting some biosynthetic enzyme encoding genes, a putative VTE transporter and chlorophyll dephytylation-related genes. Chlorophyll degradation is a major process involved in tomato fruit ripening and several evidences indicate the existence of a crosstalk with VTE metabolism, since the released phytol can be incorporated as precursor for the prenylic tail of tocopherol. In this context, the present project aims to evaluate the role of genes involved in VTE biosynthesis and transport and, as well as in chlorophyll degradation and ripening regulation, in VTE accumulation in tomato. The objective will be targeted by two approaches: i) identification and evaluation of mutants and, ii) functional characterization of the putative VTE transporter. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
ROSSI, MAGDALENA; BERMUDEZ, LUISA; CARRARI, FERNANDO. Crop yield: challenges from a metabolic perspective. Current Opinion in Plant Biology, v. 25, p. 79-89, JUN 2015. Web of Science Citations: 18.

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