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beta-tubulin affects cellulose microfibril orientation in plant secondary fibre cell walls

Spokevicius, Antanas V; Southerton, Simon G.; MacMillan, Colleen P.; Qiu, Deyou; Gan, Siming; Tibbits, Josquin F G; Moran, Gavin; Bossinger, Gerd

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Cellulose microfibrils are the major structural component of plant secondary cell walls. Their arrangement in plant primary cell walls, and its consequent influence on cell expansion and cellular morphology, is directed by cortical microtubules; cylindrical protein filaments composed of heterodimers of α- and β-tubulin. In secondary cell walls of woody plant stems the orientation of cellulose microfibrils influences the strength and flexibility of wood, providing the physical support that has...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/32822
Source: The Plant Journal
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-313X.2007.03176.x

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