Nitrogen redistribution during grain growth in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) : I. Peptide hydrolase activity and protein breakdown in the flag leaf, glumes and stem. Academic Article uri icon


  • The activity of a range of endo- and exopeptidase enzymes have been measured in the glumes, flag leaf and stem during the period of grain development in wheat. The enzymes show a sequential pattern of appearance with activity peaks occurring at a number of intervals from anthesis until just prior to the cessation of grain growth. Of the enzymes studied only the haemoglobin- and casein-degrading activity and alanylglycine-dipeptidase activity increased during the period of rapid protein loss, while aminopeptidase, carboxypeptidase and leucyltyrosine dipeptidase reached maximum activity prior to this period.

publication date

  • October 1980