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Methyl jasmonate

Methyl jasmonate
IUPAC name Methyl (1R,2R)-3-Oxo-2-(2Z)-2-
Other names Methyl jasmonate
CAS number 39924-52-2
Molecular formula C13H20O3
Molar mass 224.3 g/mol
Appearance Colorless liquid
Melting point

<25 °C

Boiling point

88-90 °C at 0.1 mmHg

Except where noted otherwise, data are given for
materials in their standard state
(at 25 °C, 100 kPa)

Infobox disclaimer and references

Methyl jasmonate (MeJA) is a substance used in plant defense [1]and also under early research for cancer treatment in humans.[1] Plants produce jasmonic acid and methyl jasmonate in response to many biotic and abiotic stresses (particularly herbivory and wounding), which build up in the damaged parts of the plant. Jasmonates act as signalling compounds for the production of phytoalexins. Phytoalexins, once ingested by the attacker (e.g., insect), can be toxic or interfere with its digestion and may deter the attacker from further feeding. The jasmonate signal often spreads systemically throughout the plant and is a major component of systemic acquired resistance.

MeJA is also a plant hormone involved in tendril (root) coiling and seed maturation.

See also

  • Jasmonate


  1. ^ Flescher E (2005). "Jasmonates--a new family of anti-cancer agents". Anticancer Drugs 16 (9): 911–6. PMID 16162967.
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