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Title: Cell wall targeted in planta iron accumulation enhances biomass conversion and seed iron concentration in Arabidopsis and rice

Conversion of nongrain biomass into liquid fuel is a sustainable approach to energy demands as global population increases. Previously, we showed that iron can act as a catalyst to enhance the degradation of lignocellulosic biomass for biofuel production. However, direct addition of iron catalysts to biomass pretreatment is diffusion-limited, would increase the cost and complexity of biorefinery unit operations and may have deleterious environmental impacts. Here, we show a new strategy for in planta accumulation of iron throughout the volume of the cell wall where iron acts as a catalyst in the deconstruction of lignocellulosic biomass. We engineered CBM-IBP fusion polypeptides composed of a carbohydrate-binding module family 11 (CBM11) and an iron-binding peptide (IBP) for secretion into Arabidopsis and rice cell walls. CBM-IBP transformed Arabidopsis and rice plants show significant increases in iron accumulation and biomass conversion compared to respective controls. Further, CBM-IBP rice shows a 35% increase in seed iron concentration and a 40% increase in seed yield in greenhouse experiments. In conclusion, CBM-IBP rice potentially could be used to address iron deficiency, the most common and widespread nutritional disorder according to the World Health Organization.
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  1. Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN (United States)
  2. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  3. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
  4. Northeastern Univ., Boston, MA (United States)
  5. Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN (United States); Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1467-7644
Grant/Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308; SC0000997; AC02-06CH11357; FG02-06ER1580
Published Article
Journal Name:
Plant Biotechnology Journal
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 14; Journal Issue: 10; Journal ID: ISSN 1467-7644
Society for Experimental Biology; Association of Applied Biology
Research Org:
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
09 BIOMASS FUELS; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANAYLYTICAL CHEMISTRY; biofuels; cell walls; secretion; iron-binding peptide; carbohydrate-binding module (CBM); iron concentration
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1324325; OSTI ID: 1325506