Glutathione is a thiol-containing tripeptide, which appears to be present in nearly all living organisms and which is involved in many important metabolic and physiological processes. The present volume focuses on the biological significance of glutathione in plants. The biochemistry and the metabolism of glutathione are reviewed, and its role in sulphur and selenium metabolism in plants is discussed. The significance of glutathione and of glutathione-related enzymes in the adaptation to natural stress, heavy metals, xenobiotics, air pollution, and in plant - pathogen and plant - animal interactions are evaluated. The main aim of this volume is to raise the interest of advanced students and junior researchers in the role of glutathione in plants and to supply basic and comprehensive information for scientists already working on related topics.
Preface. 1. Glutathione -- An ancient metabolite with modern tasks; H. Rennenberg. 2. Chemistry of glutathione; W. Wonisch, R.-J. Schaur. 3. The molecular biology and metabolism of glutathione; C.H. Foyer, G. Noctor. 4. The role of glutathione in the uptake and metabolism of sulfur and selenium; J.W. Anderson, P.J. McMahon. 5. The role of glutathione in plant response and adaptation to natural stress; M. Tausz. 6. The role of glutathione in plant reaction and adaptation to excess metals; W.E. Rauser. 7. The role of glutathione and glutathione S-transferases in plant reaction and adaptation to xenobiotics; P. Schroder. 8. The role of glutathione in plant reaction and adaptation to air pollutants; L.J. De Kok, M. Tausz. 9. The role of glutathione and glutathione-related enzymes in plant-pathogen interactions; G. Gullner, T. Komives. 10. Aspects of glutathione in the interaction between plants and animals; E. Schnug, C. Sator. Index.