Chapter 2. Biogenesis of Cellulose Nanofibrils by a Biological Nanomachine

  1. Lucian A. Lucia4,5 and
  2. Orlando J. Rojas4
  1. Candace H. Haigler1,2 and
  2. Alison W. Roberts3

Published Online: 21 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444307474.ch2

The Nanoscience and Technology of Renewable Biomaterials

The Nanoscience and Technology of Renewable Biomaterials

How to Cite

Haigler, C. H. and Roberts, A. W. (2009) Biogenesis of Cellulose Nanofibrils by a Biological Nanomachine, in The Nanoscience and Technology of Renewable Biomaterials (eds L. A. Lucia and O. J. Rojas), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444307474.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Department of Forest Biomaterials, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA

  2. 5

    Department of Wood and Paper Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Crop Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Plant Biology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA

  3. 3

    Department of Biological Sciences, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 SEP 2009
  2. Published Print: 25 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405167864

Online ISBN: 9781444307474

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Keywords:

  • cellulose nanofibrils;
  • cellulose synthesis complex (CSC) or microfibril terminal complex (TC) or ‘rosette’;
  • freeze fracture transmission electron microscopy (FF-TEM);
  • rosette CSC and CesA protein;
  • rosette CSCs in plant endomembrane system;
  • UDP-glucose - substrate for plant cellulose synthesis;
  • controlling cellulose chain length;
  • phylogenetic analysis in CSC nanomachine;
  • CSC and cellulose structure governing at nanoscale

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Background

  • CesA Protein is a Major Component of the Plant CSC

  • The Functional Operation of the CSC

  • Phylogenetic Analysis

  • Conclusion

  • References