Extensin Peroxidase Ties the Knots in the Extensin Network

  • Derek T. A. Lamport
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 35)


I have been interested in cell separation and primary cell walls since 1958 when I cut down a sycamore-maple tree in Madingley Wood, Cambridge U.K. and induced the cambial tissues to proliferate, first as a friable callus, and soon after as the first pipettable cell suspension culture to be used by a biochemist. Incidentally this was the first tree to be grown in log phase! (Lamport 1960; 1964) Of course this merely demonstrates their algal ancestry, so instead of asking why or how cells of higher plants separate, it may be just as instructive to examine the opposite side of the same coin and ask how they stick together. In other words, what is it about cell walls that ties cells together? If we know that perhaps we shall know what sorts of questions to be asking about cell separation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Derek T. A. Lamport
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  1. 1.MSU-DOE Plant Research LaboratoryMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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