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In order to investigate the defense response in castor bean (Ricinus communis) against predators, we analyzed the effect of mechanical wounding upon the phospholipase A2 (PLA2) activity of leaf extracts. Time course experiments revealed that the highest levels of increased PLA2 activity (ca. two fold) occurred 15 min and 60 min after injury. The induced activities demonstrated high sensitivity towards aristolochic acid (10 mM), a PLA2 inhibitor. Based on SDS-PAGE analysis, the PLA2 activitydoi:10.1590/s1677-04202007000100004 fatcat:22wts4fhn5bfthdn5rc2v4jqgy