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Secret NINJA Proteins in Plants are the Key to Plant-Based Therapeutics
Posted By Brit Liggett On April 2, 2010 @ 4:00 pm In Design for Health | No Comments
Scientists  at Ghent University have just discovered a crucial protein in the self-defense process of plants  dubbed the NINJA protein that may open the door for the greatly increased production of plant-based therapeutics. Previously it was known that when a plant is in defense mode it produces secondary metabolites which are crucial compounds that have various therapeutic characteristics . Up until now scientists have not known how to produce those secondary metabolites on a whim, however with the discovery of the NINJA protein they’ve unlocked the secret  and should be able to produce plant-based therapeutics in large quantities.
Scientists have long known about hormones in plants — called jasmonates  — that appear when a plant goes into defense mode. With the discovery of the NINJA protein — Novel INteractor of JAsmonates — they have they figured out how the key to make the plant produce secondary metabolates. The NINJA protein and jasmonates are crucial to the process and now scientists will be able to turn on plants defense mechanisms and harvest large quantities of secondary metabolates.
Via Science Daily 
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 Scientists: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/02/organic-semiconductor-may-pave-the-way-for-paintable-electronics/
 plants: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/01/plant-based-molecules-could-create-more-efficient-photovoltaic-devices/
 therapeutic characteristics: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/24/new-type-of-contact-lense-delivers-medication-with-a-vitamin-e-punch/
 unlocked the secret: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/18/silicon-chips-embedded-in-human-cells-could-detect-diseases-earlier/
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/02/secret-ninja-proteins-in-plants-are-the-key-to-plant-based-therapeutics/ninja-proteins-help-plants/
 jasmonates: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasmonate
 treat diseases: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/02/the-monarch-systems-mobile-modular-hospital/
 more natural direction: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/30/scientists-grow-human-bones-from-liposuctioned-fat/
 made from plants: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/19/scientists-develop-eco-friendly-polymer-that-combats-bio-terrorism/
 Science Daily: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100401125922.htm
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