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Biochemistry

A wine-induced breakdown

A polysaccharide called rhamnogalacturonan II is a major component of some fruits, but humans rely on their gut microbiota to digest it. The microbes and processes responsible for this digestion have now been revealed. See Article p.65

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Figure 1: Schematic structure of rhamnogalacturonan II (RGII).

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Czjzek, M. A wine-induced breakdown. Nature 544, 45–46 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature21901

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