beta-d-Glucan of Avena Coleoptile Cell Walls.

Plant Physiology
D J NevinsW Loescher


A specific glucanase was used to liberate a noncellulosic beta-d-glucan from isolated cell walls of Avena sativa coleoptile tissue. Cell walls of this tissue contain as much as 7 to 9 mg of glucan/100 mg of dry wall. Because of the specific action pattern of the enzyme, a linkage sequence of.. 1 --> 4 Glc 1 --> 3 Glc 1 --> 4 Glc.. is indicated and the predominance of trisaccharide and tetrasaccharide as hydrolytic products suggests a rather regular repeating pattern in the polysaccharide. The trisaccharide and the tetrasaccharide are tentatively identified as 3-O-beta-cellobiosyl-d-glucose and 3-O-beta-cellotriosyl-d-glucose, respectively. Recovery of these oligosaccharides following glucanase treatment of native wall material was feasible only after wall-bound glucosidases were inactivated. In the absence of enzyme inactivation the released fragments were recovered as glucose. The beta-d-glucan was not extracted from walls by either hot water or protease treatment.Cell walls prepared from auxin-treated Avena coleoptile segments yielded less glucan than did segments incubated in buffer suggesting an auxin effect on the quantity of this wall component. No IAA-induced change in the ratio of the trisaccharide and tetrasaccharide c...Continue Reading


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