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Las B-galactosidasas y la dinámica de la pared celular

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ABSTRACT La pared celular es crucial en la determinación del crecimiento y desarrollo de la célula vegetal. En la mayoría de las angiospermas existen muchos glucanos entrelazados sobre una infraestructura de celulosa. El monosacárido galactosa es un constituyente clave de la mayor parte de los polisacáridos no celulósicos en las paredes celulares vegetales: fucogalacto-xiloglucanos, cadenas de (1?3), (1?6)ß-D-galactano tipo II, proteínas con arabinogalactanos, (1?4)ß-D-galactanos y los arabinogalactanos tipo I. Cada uno de estos componentes exhibe un metabolismo diferente durante etapas específicas del crecimiento y desarrollo celular. Por ejemplo, se han observado alteraciones durante el ensamblaje o remodelación de la pared celular a través de la hidrólisis de galactósidos o galactanos de la pared, que ocurren antecediendo ciertos eventos del desarrollo, tales como el inicio de la maduración de los frutos y el inicio de la formación de haces fibrosos en lino. No se han encontrado endo-galactanasas en plantas, por lo que se responsabiliza a las exo-galactanasas/ß-galactosidasas por la hidrólisis de todos los polímeros que contienen galactosa en la pared celular. Esta revisión examina los polímeros que contienen galactosa en la pared celular y propone una función y rol biológico para las ß-galactosidasas vegetales en el contexto de la dinámica del crecimiento celular.

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