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Protoplasma. 2008;233(1-2):115-27. doi: 10.1007/s00709-008-0302-2. Epub 2008 Aug 18.

The cytoplasmic domain of the cellulose-synthesizing complex in vascular plants.

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Section of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA.


The cytoplasmic domain of the rosette terminal complex has been imaged in situ in patches of plasma membrane isolated from tobacco BY-2 protoplasts. By partially extracting the plasma membrane lipids, cellulose microfibrils were observed through the plasma membrane. Rosette terminal complexes were identified on the basis of their association with the ends of these cellulose microfibrils. The cytoplasmic domain of the rosette terminal complex has been shown to be hexagonal in shape and has been measured to be 45-50 nm in diameter and 30-35 nm tall. These findings demonstrate that the terminal complex does indeed have a substantial cytoplasmic component, and that the hexagonal array observed in the lipid bilayer by freeze fracture is actually only a small part of the overall complex. These findings will allow better modeling of the terminal complex and may facilitate predictions of how many proteins are associated with the rosette terminal complex in vivo.

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