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Title: Knockdown of a laccase in Populus deltoides confers altered cell wall chemistry and increased sugar release

Plant laccases are thought to function in the oxidation of monolignols which leads to higher order lignin formation. Only a hand-full of laccases in plants have been functionally evaluated and as such little is known about the breadth of their impact on cell wall chemistry or structure. Here we describe a previously uncharacterized laccase from Populus, encoded by locus Potri.008G06400, whose reduced expression resulted in transgenic Populus trees with changes in syringyl/guaiacyl (S/G) ratios as well as altered sugar release phenotypes. These phenotypes are consistent with plant biomass exhibiting reduced recalcitrance. Interestingly, the transgene effect on recalcitrance is dependent on a mild pretreatment prior to chemical extraction of sugars. Metabolite profiling suggests the transgene modulates phenolics that are associated with the cell wall structure. Finally, we propose a model in which this particular laccase has a range of functions related to oxidation of phenolics that interact with lignin in the cell wall.
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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). BioEnergy Science Center and Biosciences Division
  2. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States). Biosciences Center
  3. ArborGen Inc., Ridgeville, SC (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1467-7644
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-00OR22725; FG02-93ER20097; AC36-08GO28308
Published Article
Journal Name:
Plant Biotechnology Journal
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Plant Biotechnology Journal; Journal ID: ISSN 1467-7644
Society for Experimental Biology; Association of Applied Biology
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). BioEnergy Science Center (BESC); National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; populus; biofuel; cell wall; xylose; lignin; recalcitrance; 09 BIOMASS FUELS; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANAYLYTICAL CHEMISTRY
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1247617; OSTI ID: 1311231; OSTI ID: 1325508