Enzymes of Ethylene Biosynthesis

  • H. Kende
  • A. B. Bleecker
  • W. H. Kenyon
  • R. G. Mayne
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Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)


The biosynthesis of ethylene has been reviewed recently [23]. Our paper aims mainly at describing progress that has occurred since then with regard to the enzymes that catalyze the formation of ethylene. There are at least two enzymes in this pathway, one that converts S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) to 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC) and one (or perhaps more than one) that oxidizes ACC to enthylene. To fully understand ethylene biosynthesis, it will be necessary (1) to elucidate the enzymatic mechanisms of ACC and ethylene formation and (2) to purify the respective enzymes as a first step towards determining their mode of regulation at the molecular level.


Ethylene Biosynthesis Ethylene Formation Ethylene Synthesis Pyridoxal Phosphate Flavin Mononucleotide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Kende
  • A. B. Bleecker
  • W. H. Kenyon
  • R. G. Mayne
    • 1
  1. 1.MSU-DOE Plant Research LaboratoryMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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