Enzymatic Glycosylation of Tomatidine in Tomato Plants

  • Jan Zimowski
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 404)


α-Tomatine, i.e. 3-O-[β-D-xylopyranosyl (1→3)]-[β-D-glucopyranosyl (1→2)]-β-D­-glucopyranosyl (1→4)-β-D-galactopyranoside of tomatidine, see Fig. 1, is the primary steroid glycoalkaloid present in leaves and immature fruits of common tomato1. This compound is reported to be potentially toxic for animals and human beings2,3. Like other plant glycoalkaloids, it is considered to play a role in plant self-defence against pathogenic organisms and insects4-8.


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  • Jan Zimowski
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  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryWarsaw UniversityWarszawaPoland

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