Polyamines and their possible mechanisms involved in plant physiological processes and elicitation of secondary metabolites

Seyed Hamid Mustafavi, Hassanali Naghdi Badi, Agnieszka Sękara, Ali Mehrafarin, T. Janda, Mansour Ghorbanpour, Hanieh Rafiee

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

9 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Polyamines are amine-containing, low molecular weight, and ubiquitous polycationic molecules present in almost all cells and free-living microbes, which are formed by aliphatic hydrocarbons replaced with multiple amino groups. They have been considered as a new kind of plant biostimulant, which play vital roles in diverse plant growth and developmental processes, and environmental stress responses. However, little is known regarding the effects of polyamines specifically on the elicitation of bioactive compounds in medicinal plant production. Therefore, in this review, we attempt to cover these gaps of information. Supply of polyamines, whether by exogenous application or through genetic engineering, could positively affect medicinal plant growth, productivity, and stress tolerance; however, these effects depend on type and dose of polyamine application and plant species. Furthermore, polyamines play as precursor for the several groups of alkaloids (pyrrolizidine, tropane, and quinolizidine alkaloids) and phenolamides, so these bioactive compounds could significantly increase the concentration of the above-mentioned natural products.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102
JournalActa Physiologiae Plantarum
Volume40
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2018

Keywords

  • Cell elicitation
  • Plant biostimulant
  • Putrescine
  • Secondary metabolites
  • Spermidine
  • Spermine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Polyamines and their possible mechanisms involved in plant physiological processes and elicitation of secondary metabolites'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this