Specific lignin accumulation in granulated juice sacs of Citrus maxima.


Juice sac granulation occurring in pummelo fruits [Citrus maxima (Burm.) Merr.] is an undesirable trait, and the underlying mechanism remains unresolved. Previous studies have shown that lignin metabolism is closely associated with the process of juice sac granulation. Here, a method suitable for lignin isolation from pummelo tissues is established. Acetylated lignins from different pummelo tissues and cultivars were analyzed by HSQC NMR. The results showed that lignins in granulated juice sacs were characterized by an extremely high abundance of guaiacyl units (91.13-96.82%), in contrast to lignins from other tissues, including leaves, stems, and segment membranes. The abnormally accumulated lignins in granulated juice sacs were specific and mainly polymerized from coniferyl alcohol. No significant difference was found in lignin types among various cultivars. These findings indicated that the mechanism of juice sac granulation might be similar among various cultivars, although very different degrees of juice sac granulation can be observed.

DOI: 10.1021/jf5041349

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@article{Wu2014SpecificLA, title={Specific lignin accumulation in granulated juice sacs of Citrus maxima.}, author={Jia-Ling Wu and Teng-Fei Pan and Zhi-xiong Guo and Dong-ming Pan}, journal={Journal of agricultural and food chemistry}, year={2014}, volume={62 50}, pages={12082-9} }