New Publication: Where is the dietary fibre beta-glucan made?

March 20, 2015

Filed under: New Publications,News — Tags: , , — dmathew @ 9:20 am

Melbourne node investigators, lead by Monica Doblin have had their paper Determining the Subcellular Location of Synthesis and Assembly of the Cell Wall Polysaccharide (1,3; 1,4)-β-d-Glucan in Grasses published in The Plant Cell. The article shows compelling evidence that beta-glucan is actually made at the cell surface, rather than at the plasma membrane.

This research also shows the locations of 2 key synthetic enzymes as they are trafficked from the internal parts of the cell to the surface where the beta-glucan is being made. The next goal will be to determine how beta-glucan is made by looking at the action of these synthetic enzymes.


Press Release via AusSMC: Scimex