Cell Wall Dynamics in Tobacco BY-2 Cells

  • Ryusuke Yokoyama
  • Daisuke Tanaka
  • Takeshi Fujino
  • Takao Itoh
  • Kazuhiko Nishitani
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 53)


The plant cell wall is composed of several different classes of macromolecules, including polysaccharides, structural proteins and aromatic substances. These components are integrated into a kind of supermolecule by means of weak inter- and intra-molecular interactions, as well as by cross-linking with covalent bonds. Within this architecture are a wide variety of cell wall enzymes, most of which are involved in the construction, maintenance and restructuring of its own architecture. As a result of the actions of these enzymes, the cell wall undergoes drastic changes in its molecular architecture in such a way that allows controlled cell wall expansion and deformation, thereby playing crucial roles in plant growth and morphogenesis. In addition to the morphological roles, the plant cell wall plays a wide range of physiological functions, which include the defense system against pathogens, translocation of nutrients and transduction of chemical signals within plants.


Plant Cell Wall Cell Wall Protein Cortical Microtubule Cell Wall Regeneration Xyloglucan Molecule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryusuke Yokoyama
    • 1
  • Daisuke Tanaka
    • 1
  • Takeshi Fujino
    • 2
  • Takao Itoh
    • 2
  • Kazuhiko Nishitani
    • 1
  1. 1.Biological Institute, Graduate School of SciencesTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan
  2. 2.Wood Research InstituteKyoto UniversityJapan

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