Unique aspects of the grass cell wall

Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2008 Jun;11(3):301-7. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2008.03.002. Epub 2008 Apr 21.


Grasses are amongst the most important crops worldwide, and the composition of their cell walls is critical for uses as food, feed, and energy crops. Grass cell walls differ dramatically from dicot cell walls in terms of the major structural polysaccharides present, how those polysaccharides are linked together, and the abundance and importance of pectins, proteins and phenolic compounds. Recent advances, spurred by the availability of genomic resources for several plant species, include the characterization of cellulose synthase like (Csl) gene families that are unique to the grasses and the demonstration that members of one of those gene families, CslF, are responsible for making the mixed linkage glucans that are unique to the order Poales.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Carbohydrate Sequence
  • Cell Wall / metabolism*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Pectins / chemistry
  • Pectins / metabolism
  • Plant Proteins / genetics
  • Plant Proteins / metabolism
  • Poaceae / chemistry
  • Poaceae / genetics
  • Poaceae / metabolism*
  • Polysaccharides / chemistry
  • Polysaccharides / metabolism


  • Plant Proteins
  • Polysaccharides
  • Pectins