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Our first preprint: the importance of seed mucilage polymers

Discover our latest findings on the roles of different cell wall polymers in shaping the surface properties of Arabidopsis thaliana seeds and how structural changes modulate salt tolerance.

Review of orthogonal hosts to study cell wall synthesis

We published a review article in Plants (https://doi.org/10.3390/plants8110516), part of a special issue on “Plant Cell Wall Biology”. In close collaboration with multiple colleagues from Düsseldorf, we assessed the suitability of more than ten orthogonal hosts for synthetic biology and to study plant cell wall biosynthesis.

In particular, we focused on the key advantages and limitations of several bacterial, fungal and animal systems for the heterologous expression of plant glycosyltransferases to reconstruct polymers. We also analyzed the glycosidic linkages of native polymers from promising orthogonal hosts and discuss how they might impact the heterologous production of various plant polysaccharides.

Synthetic biology strategy to study cell wall biosynthesis. Reproduced from Pauly et al., 2019

Reference:

Pauly M, Gawenda NWagner C, Fischbach P, Ramírez V, Axmann IM, Voiniciuc C* (2019) The Suitability of Orthogonal Hosts to Study Plant Cell Wall Biosynthesis. Plants 8516