Is Phytomelatonin a New Plant Hormone?

Marino B. Arnao, Josefa Hernández-Ruiz
2020 Agronomy  
Melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine) is of particular importance as a chronobiological hormone in mammals, acting as a signal of darkness that provides information to the brain and peripheral organs. It is an endogenous synchronizer for both endocrine (i.e., via neurotransmitter release) and other physiological rhythms. In this work we will try to add to the series of scientific events and discoveries made in plants that, surprisingly, confirm the great similarity of action of melatonin in
more » ... nimals and plants. The most relevant milestones on the 25 years of phytomelatonin studies are presented, from its discovery in 1995 to the discovery of its receptor in plants in 2018, suggesting it should be regarded as a new plant hormone.
doi:10.3390/agronomy10010095 fatcat:bdwlnklwrbfxnepnsrncz4youu