Guerriero, G, Stokes, I and Exley, C (2018) Is callose required for silicification in plants? Biology Letters, 14 (10). ISSN 1744-9561

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The cell wall polymer callose catalyses the formation of silica in vitro and is heavily implicated in biological silicification in Equisetum (horsetail) and Arabidopsis (thale cress) in vivo Callose, a β-1,3-glucan, is an ideal partner for silicification, because its amorphous structure and ephemeral nature provide suitable microenvironments to support the condensation of silicic acid into silica. Herein, using scanning electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry and fluorescence, we provide further evidence of the cooperative nature of callose and silica in biological silicification in rice, an important crop plant and known silica accumulator. These new data along with recently published research enable us to propose a model to describe the intracellular events that together determine callose-driven biological silicification.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: biogenic silica, silicic acid, silicification, callose, rice
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Life Sciences
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2018 09:36
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2019 14:48

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