Plant polyketide synthases: a fascinating group of enzymes

Plant Physiol Biochem. 2009 Mar;47(3):167-74. doi: 10.1016/j.plaphy.2008.11.005. Epub 2008 Nov 18.


The polyketide synthases (PKSs) are condensing enzymes which form a myriad of polyketide compounds. Several PKSs have been identified and studied in plants. This mini-review summarizes what is known about plant PKSs and some of their aspects such as specificity, reaction mechanisms, structure, as well as their possible evolution are highlighted.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Plants / enzymology*
  • Polyketide Synthases / chemistry
  • Polyketide Synthases / metabolism*
  • Protein Conformation


  • Polyketide Synthases