Cloning in silico

Curr Biol. 1997 Feb 1;7(2):R108-11. doi: 10.1016/s0960-9822(06)00050-9.


Cellulose is a major component of plant cell walls, but identification of the enzymes that synthesize it has proven difficult. Now, however, several candidate proteins with sequence homology to bacterial cellulose synthases have been identified by partial sequencing of anonymous cDNA clones from cotton fibers.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacteria / enzymology
  • Cell Wall / metabolism
  • Cell Wall / ultrastructure
  • Cellulose / biosynthesis*
  • Glucans / biosynthesis
  • Models, Biological
  • Models, Structural
  • Plant Physiological Phenomena*
  • Plants / enzymology


  • Glucans
  • Cellulose