Impact of Phyto-Oxylipins in Plant Defense

Trends Plant Sci. 2002 Jul;7(7):315-22. doi: 10.1016/s1360-1385(02)02290-2.


Phyto-oxylipins are metabolites produced in plants by the oxidative transformation of unsaturated fatty acids via a series of diverging metabolic pathways. Biochemical dissection and genetic approaches have provided compelling evidence that these oxygenated derivatives actively participate in plant defense mechanisms. During the past decade, interest in this field was focused on the biosynthesis of jasmonic acid (one branch of C18 polyunsaturated fatty acid metabolism) and on its relationship to the other plant defense-signaling pathways. However, recently, antisense strategies have revealed that oxylipins other than jasmonates are probably also essential for the resistance of plants to pathogens.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arachidonic Acid / metabolism
  • Cyclopentanes / metabolism*
  • Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme System / metabolism
  • Fatty Acids, Unsaturated / metabolism*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant
  • Immunity, Innate
  • Linoleic Acid / metabolism
  • Lipid Peroxides / biosynthesis*
  • Lipoxygenase / metabolism
  • Oxylipins
  • Plant Diseases / etiology
  • Plants / genetics
  • Plants / metabolism*
  • Prostaglandin-Endoperoxide Synthases / metabolism
  • Signal Transduction
  • Stress, Mechanical
  • alpha-Linolenic Acid / metabolism


  • Cyclopentanes
  • Fatty Acids, Unsaturated
  • Lipid Peroxides
  • Oxylipins
  • alpha-Linolenic Acid
  • Arachidonic Acid
  • jasmonic acid
  • Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme System
  • Linoleic Acid
  • Lipoxygenase
  • Prostaglandin-Endoperoxide Synthases