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Some aspects of cellulose biosynthesis

Authors
  • Finaev, D.1
  • 1 Russian Academy of Science, Kazan Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Kazan Scientific Center, Kazan, 420111, Russia , Kazan (Russia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Biologia Plantarum
Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Consultants Bureau
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2007
Volume
51
Issue
3
Pages
407–413
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10535-007-0089-6
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

The paper is focused on two groups of proteins inevitably important for cellulose biosynthesis in vascular plants. These are cellulose synthases and chitinase-like proteins. Cellulose synthases have been the subject of much research, and current conceptions and recent findings are reviewed in this paper. Severe effects of mutations and expression analysis have recently shown that chitinase-like proteins are crucial components of cellulose biosynthesis. However, understanding of their precise function is missed. Further research is to be prompted by an effective idea on it. I propose that chitinase-like proteins could play a role in the assembly of nascent glucan chains into microfibrills. Therefore, cellulose synthases and chitinase-like proteins are possibly sequential elements of the cellulose biosynthesis.

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