The cellulose synthase gene of Dictyostelium.

  title={The cellulose synthase gene of Dictyostelium.},
  author={Richard L. Blanton and Danny Fuller and N. Iranfar and Mark J. Grimson and William F. Loomis},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={97 5},
Cellulose is a major component of the extracellular matrices formed during development of the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum. We isolated insertional mutants that failed to accumulate cellulose and had no cellulose synthase activity at any stage of development. Development proceeded normally in the null mutants up to the beginning of stalk formation, at which point the culminating structures collapsed onto themselves, then proceeded to attempt culmination again. No spores or stalk… CONTINUE READING


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