RNA-Seq Analysis of Transcriptome and Glucosinolate Metabolism in Seeds and Sprouts of Broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italic)
 

Abstract

Background: Broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica), a member of Cruciferae, is an important vegetable containing high
concentration of various nutritive and functional molecules especially the anticarcinogenic glucosinolates. The sprouts of
broccoli contain 10–100 times higher level of glucoraphanin, the main contributor of the anticarcinogenesis, than the edible
florets. Despite the broccoli sprouts’ functional importance, currently available genetic and genomic tools for their studies
are very limited, which greatly restricts the development of this functionally important vegetable.

[Gao J, Yu X, Ma F, Li J.RNA-Seq Analysis of Transcriptome and Glucosinolate Metabolism in Seeds and Sprouts of Broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica). PLoS ONE,2014,9(2): e88804. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0088804.]