Discovery of digestive enzymes in carnivorous plants with focus on proteases

Rishiesvari Ravee, Faris Imadi Mohd Salleh, Hoe Han Goh

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Abstract

Background. Carnivorous plants have been fascinating researchers with their unique characters and bioinspired applications. These include medicinal trait of some carniv- orous plants with potentials for pharmaceutical industry. Methods. This review will cover recent progress based on current studies on digestive enzymes secreted by different genera of carnivorous plants: Drosera (sundews), Dionaea (Venus flytrap), Nepenthes (tropical pitcher plants), Sarracenia (North American pitcher plants), Cephalotus (Australian pitcher plants), Genlisea (corkscrew plants), and Utricularia (bladderworts). Results. Since the discovery of secreted protease nepenthesin in Nepenthes pitcher, digestive enzymes from carnivorous plants have been the focus of many studies. Recent genomics approaches have accelerated digestive enzyme discovery. Furthermore, the advancement in recombinant technology and protein purification helped in the identification and characterisation of enzymes in carnivorous plants. Discussion. These different aspects will be described and discussed in this review with focus on the role of secreted plant proteases and their potential industrial applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere4914
JournalPeerJ
Volume2018
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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carnivorous plants
digestive enzymes
Peptide Hydrolases
proteinases
Nepenthes
Enzymes
Cephalotus
Droseraceae
Dionaea
Dionaea muscipula
Sarracenia
Drosera
Utricularia
Industrial applications
Purification
industrial applications
Sarraceniaceae
researchers
genomics
Pharmaceutical Preparations

Keywords

  • Carnivorous plants
  • Digestive enzyme
  • Enzyme discovery
  • Industrial applications
  • Protein characterisation
  • Secreted protease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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