Golden, Kerith D.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Basic Medical Sciences (Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology); Faculty of Medical Sciences
Inhibition of the ethylene forming enzyme of the coffee berry (Coffee arabica)
Jamaican Journal of Science and Technology
Date of Publication
The production of ethylene by the coffee berry was examined. The ethylene forming enzyme, now known as 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC oxidase), catalyzes the final step in the synthesis of ethylene. This enzyme is extremely labile and has been characterized by a handful of researchers only recently. It was established that both the pulp and seeds of the coffee berry were capable of ethylene synthesis. The results also revealed that the in vitro conversion of ACC to ethylene by the ethylene forming enzyme (EFE) was inhibited by the monosaccharides galactose (10-25 mM) and glucose (25 mM). ....