Molecule of the Week


October 24, 2011

Brassinolide is a natural steroid that promotes cell elongation and division in plants. In 1979, M. D. Grove and colleagues isolated it from Brassica napus (rapeseed) pollen and characterized it. This year, research groups in the United States and China, working separately, showed that a plant hormone receptor protein that senses brassinolide has a superhelix conformation.

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