Plant Molecular Biology 47: 1–5, 2001. © 2001 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands. Overview Molecular biology of the plant cell wall: searching for the genes that deﬁne structure, architecture and dynamics 1,∗ 2 3 Nick Carpita ,Mary Tierney and Malcolm Campbell 1 ∗ Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1155, USA ( author for correspondence; e-mail email@example.com); Department of Botany, University of Vermont, Marsh Life Building, Burlington, VT 05405, USA; Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3RB, UK Introduction verse genetic and molecular biological approaches, based on discovery of homologous genes from bac- The plant cell wall is a highly organized compos- teria, fungal, and animal systems, have augmented the ite that may contain many different polysaccharides, collection of recognized wall-relevant genes consid- proteins, and aromatic substances. These complex ma- erably, but the functions of many of these genes still trices deﬁne the features of individual cells within the remain elusive. plant body. Ultimately, the plant wall functions as the The major steps in wall biogenesis and modiﬁca- determinant of plant morphology. The importance of tion can be divided into six speciﬁc stages: (1) the the
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