Impact of Cruciferous Phytoalexins on the Detoxification of Brassilexin by the Blackleg Fungus Pathogenic to Brown Mustard

Department of Chemistry, 110 Science Place, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C9, Canada.
Natural product communications (Impact Factor: 0.91). 06/2010; 5(6):883-8.
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The biotransformation of brassilexin, a potent phytoalexin produced by brown mustard (Brassica juncea L.), in the presence of various cruciferous phytoalexins was investigated. An important group of isolates of the fungal species Leptosphaeria maculans (Laird 2 and Mayfair 2), which is virulent to brown mustard, but not to canola, was used in this investigation. Brassilexin was detoxified by the fungus, but none of the phytoalexins seemed to affect substantially the rate of brassilexin detoxification; after 12 h of incubation, the amounts of brassilexin remaining in culture were as low as in controls, except in co-incubations with cyclobrassinin and sinalexin, which afforded intermediates that in solution oxidized spontaneously to brassilexin.

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