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Research article2009Peer reviewed

Structural characterisation of the pectic polysaccharide rhamnogalacturonan II using an acidic fingerprinting methodology

Seveno, Martial; Voxeur, Aline; Rihouey, Christophe; Wu, Ai-Min; Ishii, Tadashi; Chevalier, Christian; Ralet, Marie Christine; Driouich, Azeddine; Marchant, Alan; Lerouge, Patrice


Rhamnogalacturonan II (RG-II) is a structurally complex cell wall pectic polysaccharide. Despite its complexity, both the structure of RG-II and its ability to dimerise via a borate diester are conserved in vascular plants suggesting that RG-II has a fundamental role in primary cell wall organisation and function. The selection and analysis of new mutants affected in RG-II formation represents a promising strategy to unravel these functions and to identify genes encoding enzymes involved in RG-II biosynthesis. In this paper, a novel fingerprinting strategy is described for the screening of RG-II mutants based on the mild acid hydrolysis of RG-II coupled to the analysis of the resulting fragments by mass spectrometry. This methodology was developed using RG-II fractions isolated from citrus pectins and then validated for RG-II isolated from the Arabidopsis mur1 mutant and irx10 irx10-like double mutant.


Cell wall mutants; Fingerprinting; Mass spectrometry; Rhamnogalacturonan II

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2009, Volume: 230, number: 5, pages: 947-957

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    Forest Science

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