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Plant Fructans: Recent Advances in Metabolism, Evolution Aspects and Applications for Human Health

Version 1 : Received: 10 April 2021 / Approved: 13 April 2021 / Online: 13 April 2021 (10:11:41 CEST)

How to cite: Han, Z.; Shi, Y.; Li, L.; Li, C.; Liu, J.; Zhang, X.; Chen, D.; Si, J. Plant Fructans: Recent Advances in Metabolism, Evolution Aspects and Applications for Human Health. Preprints 2021, 2021040336 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0336.v1). Han, Z.; Shi, Y.; Li, L.; Li, C.; Liu, J.; Zhang, X.; Chen, D.; Si, J. Plant Fructans: Recent Advances in Metabolism, Evolution Aspects and Applications for Human Health. Preprints 2021, 2021040336 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0336.v1).

Abstract

Fructan, a fructose polymer, is used as carbohydrate reserve in many plants. The nutritional and therapeutic benefits of fructans have attracted increasing interest by consumers and food industry. In the course of evolution, many plants have developed the ability of regulating plant frunctan metabolism genes to produce different structures and chain length fructans, which are strongly correlated with their survival in harsh environments. De nevo domestication of fructan-rich plants based on genome editing is a viable and promising approach to improve human dietary quality and reduce the risk of chronic disease. These advances will greatly facilitate breeding and production of tailor-made fructans as a healthy food ingredient from wild plants such as polygonati rhizoma. The purpose of this review is to broaden our knowledge on plant fructan biosynthesis, evolution and beneficial applications for human health.

Subject Areas

plant fructans; fructosyltransferase; metabolism; evolution aspects; functional foods

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