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Niacin Biosynthesis in Seedlings of Zea mays


Evidence obtained from incubation of corn (Zea mays cv. Golden Bantam) seedlings in dl-[benzene ring-U-(14)C]tryptophan, l-[5-(3)H]tryptophan, l-[U-(14)C]aspartate and [U-(14)C]glycerol indicates that niacin is synthesized in these plants via oxidative degradation of tryptophan. Aspartate and glycerol do not appear to be precursors of niacin in corn seedlings.

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