Is a blue–red light a good elicitor of phenolic compounds in the family Droseraceae? A comparative study

Wojciech Makowski , Barbara Tokarz , Rafał Banasiuk , Aleksandra Królicka , Michał Dziurka , Renata Wojciechowska , Krzysztof Tokarz


Plants from the family Droseraceae, especially Drosera sp. and Dionaea sp., are naturally rich in phenolic derivatives such as plumbagin, among others. Plumbagin is known both for its pharmacological significance and its protective properties against light stress. Light stress – high light intensity or/and light spectral composition – activates plants' response mechanisms including, among others, hormonal (salicylic acid, jasmonic acid) pathways and secondary metabolite (phenolic compounds, proline) pathways. Short-wavelength radiation, due to its high energy, will induce the synthesis of protective secondary metabolites, including those with pharmaceutical properties. The aim of the study was to describe and compare acclimation strategies of Drosera peltata and Dionaea muscipula to blue–red light in the context of phenolic compound accumulation, and salicylic acid, jasmonic acid and proline synthesis. For the first time, differences in the responses of D. muscipula and D. peltata to blue–red light (in the ratio 6:1) were established. In Dionaea sp., it was associated with the use of redox equivalents (in particular, plastoquinone pool) for the synthesis of primary metabolites used in the process of growth and development. In Drosera sp., a rapid adjustment of redox state led to the synthesis of secondary metabolites, constituting a reservoir of carbon skeletons and allowing for a quick defence response to stress factors. In both species, blue–red light did not induce the jasmonic acid pathway. However, the salicylic acid pathway was induced as an alternative to the phenolic compound synthesis pathway. Nevertheless, the applied blue–red light was not an effective elicitor of phenolic compounds in the plants examined.
Author Wojciech Makowski (FoBaH / IoPBaB / DoBaPP)
Wojciech Makowski,,
- Department of Botany and Plant Physiology
, Barbara Tokarz (FoBaH / IoPBaB / DoBaPP)
Barbara Tokarz,,
- Department of Botany and Plant Physiology
, Rafał Banasiuk
Rafał Banasiuk,,
, Aleksandra Królicka
Aleksandra Królicka,,
, Michał Dziurka
Michał Dziurka,,
, Renata Wojciechowska (FoBaH / IoPBaB / DoBaPP)
Renata Wojciechowska,,
- Department of Botany and Plant Physiology
, Krzysztof Tokarz (FoBaH / IoPBaB / DoBaPP)
Krzysztof Tokarz,,
- Department of Botany and Plant Physiology
Journal seriesJournal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B-Biology, [Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology], ISSN 1011-1344, (N/A 100 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Article number111679
Keywords in EnglishDionaea muscipula, Drosera peltata, Light stress, Secondary metabolites, Photosynthetic apparatus
ASJC Classification2741 Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging; 3614 Radiological and Ultrasound Technology; 1304 Biophysics; 3108 Radiation
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)100
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.078; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 4.067 (2) - 2018=3.721 (5)
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FinansowanieThis research was financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland from research grants for Young Scientists and subvention for the Biological Sciences
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