The chemical characteristic and distribution of brassinosteroids in plants

Phytochemistry. 2003 Apr;62(7):1027-46. doi: 10.1016/s0031-9422(02)00656-8.


Brassinosteroids represent a class of plant hormones with high-growth promoting activity. They are found at low levels in pollen, anthers, seeds, leaves, stems, roots, flowers, grain, and young vegetative tissues throughout the plant kingdom. Brassinosteroids are a family of about 60 phytosteroids. The article gives a comprehensive survey on the hitherto known brassinosteroids isolated from plants. The chemical characteristic of brassinosteroids is also presented.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Phytosterols / chemistry*
  • Phytosterols / metabolism*
  • Plant Growth Regulators / chemistry
  • Plant Growth Regulators / metabolism
  • Plants / chemistry*
  • Plants / metabolism*


  • Phytosterols
  • Plant Growth Regulators