A specific brassinosteroid biosynthesis inhibitor, Brz2001: evaluation of its effects on Arabidopsis, cress, tobacco, and rice

Planta. 2001 Sep;213(5):716-21. doi: 10.1007/s004250100546.


Brassinazole is the only known specific brassinosteroid (BR)-biosynthesis inhibitor, and it has been shown to be useful for elucidating the function of BRs. In the course of a structure-activity relationship study of brassinazole, we found a more specific BR-biosynthesis inhibitor, Brz2001. This new inhibitor induced similar morphological changes to those seen in brassinazole-treated plants, including Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh., Nicotiana tabacum L., and Lepidium sativum L. These changes included dwarfism with altered leaf morphology, including downward curling and dark-green color, and the changes were reversed by brassinolide. Although the structure of Brz2001 is similar to that of uniconazole, a gibberellin-biosynthesis inhibitor, Brz2001-treated plants showed almost no recovery with the addition of gibberellic acid (GA3). Comparison of the responses of both brassinazole- and Brz2001-treated cress to brassinolide and GA3 suggested that Brz2001 is a more specific BR-biosynthesis inhibitor than brassinazole. Unlike the results just described, Brz2001-treated rice did not show any morphological changes. This suggests that the roles of BRs in rice may be different from those in the dicotyledonous plants examined in this study. Brz2001 can be used to clarify the function of BRs in dicots as a complement to BR-deficient mutants, and to elucidate the different roles of BRs in monocots and dicots.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Arabidopsis / metabolism
  • Brassinosteroids
  • Cholestanols / pharmacology
  • Cotyledon / drug effects
  • Cotyledon / growth & development
  • Gibberellins / pharmacology
  • Hypocotyl / drug effects
  • Hypocotyl / growth & development
  • Oryza / metabolism
  • Phytosterols / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Phytosterols / biosynthesis
  • Plant Development
  • Plant Growth Regulators / chemistry
  • Plant Growth Regulators / pharmacology*
  • Plants / drug effects
  • Plants / metabolism
  • Steroids, Heterocyclic / pharmacology
  • Structure-Activity Relationship
  • Tobacco / metabolism
  • Triazoles / chemistry
  • Triazoles / pharmacology*


  • Brassinosteroids
  • Brz2001
  • Cholestanols
  • Gibberellins
  • Phytosterols
  • Plant Growth Regulators
  • Steroids, Heterocyclic
  • Triazoles
  • gibberellic acid
  • brassinazole
  • uniconazole
  • brassinolide