A tale of dwarfs and drugs: brassinosteroids to the rescue

Trends Genet. 1998 Dec;14(12):490-5. doi: 10.1016/s0168-9525(98)01598-4.


Brassinosteroids (BRs), a specific class of low abundance plant steroids, are capable of eliciting strong growth responses and a variety of physiological changes through exogenous application to plants. Recently, BRs gained general acceptance as important regulators (hormones) of plant growth and development through genetic and molecular identification and characterization of genes involved in BR biosynthesis or response in Arabidopsis, pea and tomato. This major advance in the molecular genetics of BR biosynthesis and mode of action disclosed another case of amazing functional conservation of signalling molecules utilized in plants and animals, and provided a set of extremely valuable tools for the functional analysis of BRs.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Mutation
  • Plants / chemistry*
  • Signal Transduction
  • Steroids* / chemistry
  • Steroids* / pharmacology


  • Steroids