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Coenzymes and the primary and specialized metabolism interface

Published inCurrent opinion in plant biology, vol. 66, 102170
Publication date2022-04
First online date2022-01-18

In plants, primary and specialized metabolism have classically been distinguished as either essential for growth or required for survival in a particular environment. Coenzymes (organic cofactors) are essential for growth but their importance to specialized metabolism is often not considered. In line with the recent proposal of viewing primary and specialized metabolism as an integrated whole rather than segregated lots with a defined interface, we highlight here the importance of collating information on the regulation of coenzyme supply with metabolic demands using examples of vitamin B derived coenzymes. We emphasize that coenzymes can have enormous influence on the outcome of metabolic as well as engineered pathways and should be taken into account in the era of synthetic biology.

  • B vitamins
  • Coenzymes
  • Enzymes
  • Primary metabolism
  • Specialized metabolism
  • Coenzymes / metabolism
  • Plants / genetics
  • Plants / metabolism
  • Vitamin B Complex / metabolism
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COLINAS, Maite, FITZPATRICK, Thérésa Bridget. Coenzymes and the primary and specialized metabolism interface. In: Current opinion in plant biology, 2022, vol. 66, p. 102170. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2021.102170
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