Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 54, Issue 1–3, pp 93–108 | Cite as

Plant callus as a source of biochemicals

  • Karen A. McDonald
  • Alan P. Jackman
  • John E. Thorup
  • Abhaya M. Dandekar
Part II Animal and Plant Tissue and Cell Technology


This article presents a review of the recent literature describing the use of plant callus for the production of biochemicals, as well as specific examples of work done in our laboratory to analyze the production of ribosome inactivating proteins fromTrichosanthes kirilowii callus. The article discusses research advances in the development, characterization, and improvement of plant callus cell lines, including new cell lines and potentially useful products, influence of media composition, and environmental conditions on growth and product distribution, cell line selection strategies, and long-term stability.

Index Entries

Plant callus plant cell culture ribosome inactivating proteins 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen A. McDonald
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alan P. Jackman
    • 1
    • 2
  • John E. Thorup
    • 1
    • 2
  • Abhaya M. Dandekar
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials ScienceUniversity of CaliforniaDavis
  2. 2.Department of PomologyUniversity of CaliforniaDavis

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