J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2010, Vol. 52 ›› Issue (4): 360-376.DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7909.2010.00892.x

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Abiotic and biotic stresses and changes in the lignin content and composition in plants

Jullyana Cristina Magalhães Silva Moura1, Cesar Augusto Valencise Bonine2, Juliana de Oliveira Fernandes Viana1,2, Marcelo Carnier Dornelas1 and Paulo Mazzafera1*   

  1. 1Departamento de Biologia Vegetal, Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, CP 6109, 13083-970, Campinas, SP, Brazil
    2Votorantim Celulose e Papel S.A., 14210-000, Luis Antonio, SP, Brazil
  • Received:2009-06-13 Accepted:2009-09-21 Published:2010-04-01
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Lignin is a polymer of phenylpropanoid compounds formed through a complex biosynthesis route, represented by a metabolic grid for which most of the genes involved have been sequenced in several plants, mainly in the model-plants Arabidopsis thaliana and Populus. Plants are exposed to different stresses, which may change lignin content and composition. In many cases, particularly for plant-microbe interactions, this has been suggested as defence responses of plants to the stress. Thus, understanding how a stressor modulates expression of the genes related with lignin biosynthesis may allow us to develop study-models to increase our knowledge on the metabolic control of lignin deposition in the cell wall. This review focuses on recent literature reporting on the main types of abiotic and biotic stresses that alter the biosynthesis of lignin in plants.

Moura JCMS, Bonine CAV, Viana JOF, Dornelas MC, Mazzafera P (2010) Abiotic and biotic stresses and changes in the lignin content and composition in plants. J. Integr. Plant Biol. 52(4), 360–376.

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