Starch: Synthesis

A. Regina, S. Rahman, Z. Li, M. K. Morell

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Starch is a major component of cereal grains and forms an important part of our daily diet. A number of enzymes involved in starch biosynthesis have now been characterized. These include ADPG pyrophosphorylases, starch synthases, starch branching enzymes, and starch debranching enzymes. Multiple isoforms of each of these enzymes are present in the cereal endosperm. The roles of these enzymes in starch synthesis have been studied, although further studies are required to fully understand the mechanisms of starch synthesis in cereal grains. The roles of other enzymes in starch synthesis and new approaches for studying the function of these enzymes are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Food Grains
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780123947864
ISBN (Print)9780128035368
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2015


  • Amylopectin
  • Amylose
  • Cereals
  • Gene structure
  • Granules
  • Maize
  • Multiprotein complexes
  • Rice
  • Waxy
  • Wheat

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