Substrate specific hydrolysis of aromatic and aromatic-aliphatic esters in orchid tissue cultures

Agnieszka Mironowicz, Krystyna Kukułczanka, Antoni Siewiński


We found that tissue cultures of higher plants were able, similarly as microorganisms, to transform low-molecular-weight chemical compounds. In tissue cultures of orchids (Cymbidium 'Saint Pierre' and Dendrobium phalaenopsis) acetates of phenols and aromatic-aliphatic alcohols were hydrolyzed, whereas methyl esters of aromatic and aromatic-aliphatic acids did not undergo this reaction. Acetates of racemic aromatic-aliphatic alcohols were hydrolyzed with distinct enantiospecificity.


Orchidaceae; tissue cultures; aromatic-aliphatic esters; hydrolysis

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