Localization of oleuropeyl glucose esters and a flavanone to secretory cavities of myrtaceae

Allison M. Heskes, Jason Q D Goodger, Sammi Tsegay, Tim Quach, Spencer John Williams, Ian Edward Woodrow

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We report the widespread occurrence of structurally diverse oleuropeyl glucose esters, including the new diester eucaglobulin B, localized specifically to the essential oil secretory cavities of myrtaceous species. Clear taxonomic patterns in the composition of cavity extracts within the genus Eucalyptus are shown with species from subgenus Symphyomyrtus dominated by oleuropeyl glucose esters and species from subgenus Eucalyptus dominated instead by the flavanone, pinocembrin. We also examined the intra-species occurrence of oleuropeyl glucose esters by quantifying the abundant constituents cuniloside B and froggattiside A in trees from two populations of Eucalyptus polybractea R.T. Baker. All trees contained both compounds, which were positively correlated with total essential oil concentration. This apparent ubiquity of oleuropeyl glucose esters at both intra- and inter-specific levels in Eucalyptus is indicative of important physiological or ecological functions. The significance of their prevalence and the sequestration of these esters and also pinocembrin to the extracellular domain of secretory cavities is discussed in light of their potential biological activities and our findings that they are spatially segregated to the exterior of cavity lumina. The localization of oleuropeyl glucose esters to a specific and isolatable tissue type has the potential to aid in future elucidation of function and biosynthesis.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere40856
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Heskes, A. M., Goodger, J. Q. D., Tsegay, S., Quach, T., Williams, S. J., & Woodrow, I. E. (2012). Localization of oleuropeyl glucose esters and a flavanone to secretory cavities of myrtaceae. PLoS ONE, 7(7), [e40856]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0040856