Screening of Arabidopsis thaliana stems for variation in cell wall polysaccharides

S L Gardner, M M Burrell, S C Fry

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A high-throughput method is described by which Arabidopsis thaliana stems can be screened for variation in cell wall composition after hydrolysis with Driselase or trifluoroacetic acid (TFA). Driselase, a mixture of fungal enzymes, hydrolyses cellulose (to glucose) and all the major matrix polysaccharides (to monosaccharides and/or characteristic disaccharides); TFA hydrolyses the matrix polysaccharides, but not cellulose, to monosaccharides. Two different wild-type ecotypes, Columbia and Wassilewskija, showed only minor differences in wall carbohydrate composition. A small number of T-DNA-tagged populations that were screened contained individuals in which the proportion of cellulose, xyloglucan or xylan differed quantitatively from the wild-type. Differences from the wild-type were also observed in the susceptibility of the hemicelluloses to hydrolysis by Driselase, probably reflecting differences in wall architecture. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-254
Number of pages14
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2002


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