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DETERMINATION OF NEW BIOSYNTHETIC PATHWAYS OF ASCORBIC ACID USING BIOINFORMATICS MODELLING

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Chemistry and Physic Department 1200 N. University Drive Pine Bluff AR 71601

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Basic Science Research

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Literature results shows that plants that have been treated with ascorbic acid (vitamin C) exhibit healthy growth and are resistance to insects resulting to better yield. Plants produce ascorbic acid as they grow, it’s imperative for us to examine in details how this process occurs metabolically. In this project, computer models were used to identify biosynthesis of ascorbic acid in plants, tested for its presence in plant material and suggest ways of how it can be enhanced in plants so that better plants can thrive. Detailed investigation of metabolic pathways of ascorbic acid, degradation in both plants and animals are vital tools that will assist in establishing the threshold concentrations needed. The overall goal of this project is to characterize the biosynthetic and metabolic pathways of ascorbic acid that exist in nature. Bioinformatics algorithms were employed as a tool in finding or engineering new biosynthetic pathways of ascorbic acid and suggested ways of introducing these new pathways into plants that do not currently synthesize vitamin C.

Scientific Abstract

Literature results shows that plants that have been treated with ascorbic acid (vitamin C) exhibit healthy growth and are resistance to insects resulting to better yield. Plants produce ascorbic acid as they grow, it’s imperative for us to examine in details how this process occurs metabolically. In this project, computer models were used to identify biosynthesis of ascorbic acid in plants, tested for its presence in plant material and suggest ways of how it can be enhanced in plants so that better plants can thrive. Detailed investigation of metabolic pathways of ascorbic acid, degradation in both plants and animals are vital tools that will assist in establishing the threshold concentrations needed. The overall goal of this project is to characterize the biosynthetic and metabolic pathways of ascorbic acid that exist in nature. Bioinformatics algorithms were employed as a tool in finding or engineering new biosynthetic pathways of ascorbic acid and suggested ways of introducing these new pathways into plants that do not currently synthesize vitamin C.

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DETERMINATION OF NEW BIOSYNTHETIC PATHWAYS OF ASCORBIC ACID USING BIOINFORMATICS MODELLING

Literature results shows that plants that have been treated with ascorbic acid (vitamin C) exhibit healthy growth and are resistance to insects resulting to better yield. Plants produce ascorbic acid as they grow, it’s imperative for us to examine in details how this process occurs metabolically. In this project, computer models were used to identify biosynthesis of ascorbic acid in plants, tested for its presence in plant material and suggest ways of how it can be enhanced in plants so that better plants can thrive. Detailed investigation of metabolic pathways of ascorbic acid, degradation in both plants and animals are vital tools that will assist in establishing the threshold concentrations needed. The overall goal of this project is to characterize the biosynthetic and metabolic pathways of ascorbic acid that exist in nature. Bioinformatics algorithms were employed as a tool in finding or engineering new biosynthetic pathways of ascorbic acid and suggested ways of introducing these new pathways into plants that do not currently synthesize vitamin C.