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Title: The unexpected malleability of lignin

Abstract

Here, Curcumin, an aromatic diarylheptanoid, is a principal component of turmeric (Curcuma longa), commonly used in Asian cooking, giving curry its orange colour. Introducing two enzymes into Arabidopsis thaliana caused incorporation of curcumin into its lignin polymer, enhancing sugar release from the cell wall and turning it yellow.

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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
OSTI Identifier:
1530102
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nature Plants
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 5; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 2055-0278
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

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Tuskan, Gerald A. The unexpected malleability of lignin. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1038/s41477-019-0360-9.
Tuskan, Gerald A. The unexpected malleability of lignin. United States. doi:10.1038/s41477-019-0360-9.
Tuskan, Gerald A. Mon . "The unexpected malleability of lignin". United States. doi:10.1038/s41477-019-0360-9. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1530102.
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author = {Tuskan, Gerald A.},
abstractNote = {Here, Curcumin, an aromatic diarylheptanoid, is a principal component of turmeric (Curcuma longa), commonly used in Asian cooking, giving curry its orange colour. Introducing two enzymes into Arabidopsis thaliana caused incorporation of curcumin into its lignin polymer, enhancing sugar release from the cell wall and turning it yellow.},
doi = {10.1038/s41477-019-0360-9},
journal = {Nature Plants},
number = 2,
volume = 5,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {1}
}

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