Golgi-localized enzyme complexes for plant cell wall biosynthesis

Trends Plant Sci. 2013 Jan;18(1):49-58. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2012.07.002. Epub 2012 Aug 25.


The plant cell wall mostly comprises complex glycans, which are synthesized by numerous enzymes located in the Golgi apparatus and plasma membrane. Protein-protein interactions have been shown to constitute an important organizing principle for glycan biosynthetic enzymes in mammals and yeast. Recent genetic and biochemical data also indicate that such interactions could be common in plant cell wall biosynthesis. In this review, we examine the new findings in protein-protein interactions among plant cell wall biosynthetic enzymes and discuss the possibilities for enzyme complexes in the Golgi apparatus. These new insights in the field may contribute to novel strategies for molecular engineering of the cell wall.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Cell Membrane / metabolism*
  • Cell Wall / metabolism*
  • Glycosyltransferases / genetics
  • Glycosyltransferases / metabolism*
  • Golgi Apparatus / enzymology*
  • Multienzyme Complexes / metabolism
  • Plant Proteins / genetics
  • Plant Proteins / metabolism*
  • Plants / enzymology*
  • Plants / genetics
  • Plants / metabolism
  • Polysaccharides / biosynthesis
  • Protein Interaction Mapping
  • Protein Transport


  • Multienzyme Complexes
  • Plant Proteins
  • Polysaccharides
  • Glycosyltransferases