Aspirin works on plants, too
Aspirin shuts down a plant's response to injury by the same chemical reaction, but blocking a different enzyme, as in its action in animals.
Pan, Z. . . . R.A. Backhaus. 1998. Aspirin inhibition and acetylation of the plant cytochrome P450, allene oxide synthase, resembles that of animal prostaglandin endoperoxide H synthase. Journal of Biological Chemistry 273(July 17):18139.
Raloff, J. 1997. How much aspirin did you eat today? Science News Online (Oct. 18).
Ralph A. Backhaus
Arizona State University
Department of Plant Biology
P.O. Box 871601
Tempe, AZ 85287-1601
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