Application of X-ray and neutron small angle scattering techniques to study the hierarchical structure of plant cell walls: a review

Martinez-Sanz, Marta, Gidley, Michael J. and Gilbert, Elliot P. (2015) Application of X-ray and neutron small angle scattering techniques to study the hierarchical structure of plant cell walls: a review. Carbohydrate Polymers, 125 120-134. doi:10.1016/j.carbpol.2015.02.010


Author Martinez-Sanz, Marta
Gidley, Michael J.
Gilbert, Elliot P.
Title Application of X-ray and neutron small angle scattering techniques to study the hierarchical structure of plant cell walls: a review
Journal name Carbohydrate Polymers   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0144-8617
1879-1344
Publication date 2015-07-10
Year available 2015
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.carbpol.2015.02.010
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 125
Start page 120
End page 134
Total pages 15
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Subject 2507 Polymers and Plastics
1605 Organic Chemistry
2505 Materials Chemistry
Abstract Plant cell walls present an extremely complex structure of hierarchically assembled cellulose microfibrils embedded in a multi-component matrix. The biosynthesis process determines the mechanism of cellulose crystallisation and assembly, as well as the interaction of cellulose with other cell wall components. Thus, a knowledge of cellulose microfibril and bundle architecture, and the structural role of matrix components, is crucial for understanding cell wall functional and technological roles. Small angle scattering techniques, combined with complementary methods, provide an efficient approach to characterise plant cell walls, covering a broad and relevant size range while minimising experimental artefacts derived from sample treatment. Given the system complexity, approaches such as component extraction and the use of plant cell wall analogues are typically employed to enable the interpretation of experimental results. This review summarises the current research status on the characterisation of the hierarchical structure of plant cell walls using small angle scattering techniques.
Keyword Cellulose
Neutron scattering
Plant cell wall
Small angle scattering
X-ray scattering
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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