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Phenylpropanoid Metabolism

  1. Ragaï K Ibrahim

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001912



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Ibrahim, R. K. 2001. Phenylpropanoid Metabolism. eLS. .

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  1. Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001

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Phenylpropanoid compounds encompass a wide range of structural classes with diverse biological functions; their biosynthesis is associated with normal plant development and is regulated by diverse environmental stimuli. Phenylpropanoid metabolism occupies a central place in the general aromatic metabolism of plants.


  • shikimate pathway;
  • hydroxycinnamic acids;
  • coumarins;
  • lignins;
  • lignans