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Knitting a polyester skin

Nature Chemical Biology volume 8, pages 603604 (2012) | Download Citation

The aerial surfaces of land plants are surrounded by cutin, a strong, lipid-based polymer assembled from glycerol and oxidized fatty acids. The first extracellular enzyme forming polyester linkages that are central to the assembly of cutin is now identified.

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  1. Fred Beisson is in the Service de Biologie Végétale et Microbiologie Environnementales, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives–Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique–Aix-Marseille Université, UMR 7265/LB3M, Cadarache, France.

    • Fred Beisson
  2. John Ohlrogge is in the Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA.

    • John Ohlrogge

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