• ascorbic acid;
  • guava;
  • mango;
  • fruit ripening;
  • enzymes


BACKGROUND: Ascorbic acid is a very important compound for plants. It has essential functions, mainly as an antioxidant and growth regulator. Ascorbic acid biosynthesis has been extensively studied, but studies in fruits are very limited. In this work we studied the influence of five enzymes involved in synthesis (L-galactono-1,4-lactone dehydrogenase, GalLDH, EC, oxidation (ascorbate oxidase, EC, and ascorbate peroxidase, APX, EC and recycling (monodehydroascorbate reductase, EC, and dehydroascorbate reductase, DHAR, EC on changes in ascorbic acid content during development and ripening of mangoes (Mangifera indica L. cv. Keitt) and during the ripening of white pulp guavas (Psidium guayava L. cv. Paloma).

RESULTS: It was found that there was a balance between the activities of GalLDH, APX and DHAR, both in mangoes and guavas.

CONCLUSIONS: Equilibrium between the enzymatic activities of synthesis, catabolism and recycling is important for the regulation of ascorbic acid content in mango and guava. These results have contributed to understanding some of the changes that occur in ascorbic acid levels during fruit ripening. Copyright © 2008 Society of Chemical Industry