Coordination of auxin and ethylene biosynthesis by the aminotransferase VAS1
Nat Chem Biol. 2013, 9(4):244-6.  Epub 2013 Feb 3

Zheng Z, Guo Y, Novák O, Dai X, Zhao Y, Ljung K, Noel JP, Chory J
Abstract
We identify an Arabidopsis pyridoxal-phosphate-dependent aminotransferase, VAS1, whose loss-of-function simultaneously increases amounts of the phytohormone auxin and the ethylene precursor 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate. VAS1 uses the ethylene biosynthetic intermediate methionine as an amino donor and the auxin biosynthetic intermediate indole-3-pyruvic acid as an amino acceptor to produce L-tryptophan and 2-oxo-4-methylthiobutyric acid. Our data indicate that VAS1 serves key roles in coordinating the amounts of these two vital hormones.

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