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'Electron shuttle' protein plays key role in plant cell-wall construction: Controlling the flow of electrons by targeting shuttle proteins could be a new strategy for guiding plants to make desired products

'Electron shuttle' protein plays key role in plant cell-wall construction: Controlling the flow of electrons by targeting shuttle proteins could be a new strategy for guiding plants to make desired products

Scientists studying plant cell walls have discovered details of a protein involved in the assembly of lignin, a key cell-wall component. The protein acts as a targeted 'electron shuttle,' delivering the 'fuel' that drives the construction of one specific lignin building block. Controlling the flow of electrons by modifying shuttle proteins could be a new strategy for guiding plants to make desired products.

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