GDCB Seminar: "Regulatory activity of specialized metabolism pathway intermediates"
Speaker: Erich Grotewold, Michigan State University professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Title: "Regulatory activity of specialized metabolism pathway intermediates"
Abstract: Plants are exceptional chemical factories with specialized metabolism providing a rapidly evolving assortment of small molecules that assist plants cope with the environment. Flavonoids comprise one large group of specialized metabolites. For the past few decades, my lab has been investigating flavonoid biosynthesis and regulation, how flavonoid pigments are transported within cells, and the function of flavonoids in the biology of plants, as well as potential health benefits to animals. During these studies, we stumbled across several examples of flavonoid pathway intermediates playing unexpected regulatory functions that impact plant development and metabolism. I will describe findings, primarily in maize and Arabidopsis, that reveal unexpected roles of flavonoids in the fine tuning of important cellular processes.
Host: Dior Kelley, genetics, development and cell biology assistant professor