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Role of Plant Laccases in Lignin Polymerization

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  • Serge Berthet
  • Johanne Thevenin
  • Davy Baratiny
  • Nathalie Demont-Caulet
  • Isabelle Debeaujon
  • Przemyslaw Bidzinski
  • Jean Charles Leple
  • Rudy Huis
  • Simon Hawkins
  • Leonardo D. Gomez
  • Catherine Lapierre
  • Lise Jouanin


Publication details

JournalAdvances in Botanical Research
DatePublished - 14 Jun 2012
Number of pages28
Pages (from-to)145-172
Original languageEnglish


Laccases are ubiquitous oxidases present in animals, plants, bacteria, and fungi. In plant species, they occur as large multigenic families. The involvement of peroxidases in lignification is supported by a wealth of literature data. In contrast, the role of laccases in this major plant process is less firmly established. The large number of plant laccases, which argues for a variety of functions in plant development, makes the identification of lignin-specific laccases a challenge. However, in the past decade, the development of new genetic technologies and tools has played a central role towards resolving this issue. In addition, the plant model, . Arabidopsis thaliana, has recently provided novel insights about the occurrence of laccases involved in stem lignification. Information about lignin-related laccases is also available from other species, such as poplar, or other organs and tissues, such as seed coats. This review brings a short and cutting edge survey of laccases and lignification.

    Research areas

  • Arabidopsis, Cell wall, Laccases, Lignins, Multigenic family, Oxidative polymerization, Poplar, Tannins, Transcriptional regulation

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