Hydroxyproline in Primary Cell Walls of Higher Plants


VARIOUS investigators have given evidence for the presence of protein in the cell walls of higher plants1–6. We give evidence here for the occurrence of protein in the walls of sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus L.), and bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). This protein contained hydroxyproline, and differed in this respect from the protein of the cell contents. Hydroxyproline has been found by Steward and Thompson7 to occur in the protein of tissue cultures of carrot and potato, and Pollard and Steward8 showed that the protein containing this imino-acid was stable in the growing cells and was not metabolized.

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LAMPORT, D., NORTHCOTE, D. Hydroxyproline in Primary Cell Walls of Higher Plants. Nature 188, 665–666 (1960). https://doi.org/10.1038/188665b0

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