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Plant Cell Physiol. 2002 Dec;43(12):1399-406.

Towards understanding the role of membrane-bound endo-beta-1,4-glucanases in cellulose biosynthesis.

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  • 1Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-3125, USA.


Recent studies have highlighted the involvement of membrane-anchored endo-beta-1,4-glucanases in cellulose biosynthesis in plants, suggesting that there are parallels with Agrobacterium tumefaciens and other bacteria which also require endo-beta-1,4-glucanases for cellulose synthesis. This review summarises recent literature on endo-beta-1,4-glucanases and their role in plant development and addresses the possible functions of membrane-anchored isoforms in the synthesis of cellulose.

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