Lycopene Accumulation Induced by 2-(4-Chlorophenylthio)-Triethylamine Hydrochloride

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Science  26 Jun 1970:
Vol. 168, Issue 3939, pp. 1589-1590
DOI: 10.1126/science.168.3939.1589


After fruits, roots, or the mycelium of certain plants were treated with 2-(4-chlorophenylthio)-triethylamine hydrochloride, lycopene was detected in the tissue. This is the first known success in causing lycopene to accumulate in a wide range of carotenogenic tissues that normally do not accumulate the pigment at some stage of development. The response should be of value in the study of carotenoid biosynthetic pathways and gene control mechanisms.

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