Naturwissenschaften

, Volume 64, Issue 12, pp 619–625 | Cite as

Biochemistry of lignification

  • Hans Grisebach
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Abstract

The complete set of enzymes that catalyze the reactions from l-phenylalanine to substituted cinnamyl alcohols is now known. The latter compounds are the primary building stones of lignin. The individual reactions and the possible modes of regulation of this pathway are discussed. The polymerization of cinnamyl alcohols to lignin is mediated by peroxidase. The significance of cell-wall-bound peroxidases in this process and the origin of hydrogen peroxide are reviewed. Finally, the possible role of lignification in relation to disease resistance is discussed.

Keywords

Hydrogen Enzyme Polymerization Alcohol Hydrogen Peroxide 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Grisebach
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  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für Biochemie der PflanzenBiologisches Institut II der UniversitätFreiburg i.Br.

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