Laticifer-specific cis-prenyltransferase silencing affects the rubber, triterpene, and inulin content of Taraxacum brevicorniculatum.

@article{Post2012LaticiferspecificCS,
  title={Laticifer-specific cis-prenyltransferase silencing affects the rubber, triterpene, and inulin content of Taraxacum brevicorniculatum.},
  author={Janina J. Post and Nicole van Deenen and Julia Fricke and Natalie A Kowalski and D. Wurbs and Hubert Schaller and Wolfgang Eisenreich and Claudia K. Huber and Richard M Twyman and Dirk Pruefer and Christian Schulze Gronover},
  journal={Plant physiology},
  year={2012},
  volume={158 3},
  pages={
          1406-17
        }
}
Certain Taraxacum species, such as Taraxacum koksaghyz and Taraxacum brevicorniculatum, produce large amounts of high-quality natural rubber in their latex, the milky cytoplasm of specialized cells known as laticifers. This high-molecular mass biopolymer consists mainly of poly(cis-1,4-isoprene) and is deposited in rubber particles by particle-bound enzymes that carry out the stereospecific condensation of isopentenyl diphosphate units. The polymer configuration suggests that the chain… CONTINUE READING

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