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PLANT BIOLOGY: Prime Time for Cellulose

Access to the article is free, however registration and sign-in are required. Plants cannot survive without cellulose, the primary constituent of their cell walls. Although some of the subunits composing the rosette-shaped cellulose synthase--the enzyme complex that synthesizes cellulose--have been identified, the biochemical steps in the initiation, elongation, and termination of the glucan chain are still something of a mystery. In their Perspective, Read and Bacic discuss new work (Peng et al.) that reveals the identity of the lipid primer that initiates synthesis of the glucan chain.

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Resource Type: Journal article/Issue, Review, Diagram
Audience Level: Undergraduate lower division 13-14, Undergraduate upper division 15-16, Graduate

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Authors and Editors: Steve M. Read of School of Resource Management and Forest Science Centre, University of Melbourne, Tony Bacic of Plant Cell Biology Research Centre, University of Melbourne
Publisher: AAAS
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