Biosynthesis of the Plant Cuticle

  • Jérôme Joubès
  • Frédéric Domergue
Living reference work entry
Part of the Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology book series (HHLM)


Cuticular waxes and cutin form the cuticle, a hydrophobic layer covering the aerial surfaces of land plants, mainly preventing non-stomatal water loss and acting as a protective barrier against environmental stresses. Fatty acid-derived compounds that compose the building blocks of the cuticle are produced in the endoplasmic reticulum of epidermal cells before being exported to the environmental face of the epidermis. Thirty years of plant genetic studies and the recent development of analytical tools for lipid identification have led to the molecular and biochemical characterization of the enzymes catalyzing the major steps in cuticular compound biosynthesis.


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  1. 1.Laboratoire de Biogenèse Membranaire, UMR5200Université de BordeauxBordeauxFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Biogenèse Membranaire, UMR5200CNRSBordeauxFrance
  3. 3.Laboratoire de Biogenèse Membranaire, UMR5200CNRS-Université de Bordeaux, Bâtiment A3 – INRA Bordeaux AquitaineVillenave d’OrnonFrance

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