Since years, biologists believe that there is a critical enzyme in plants which creates amino acids, which are essential for the survival of plant and human diets. Well, according to Meng Xie, Wellington Muchero, and their team, this enzyme does more what is there in the advertisement. The team has done series of experiments on favorite plants, which revealed mutations in a specific life sustain enzyme, and was not known to exist.
Their experiment could change the course of functional gene studies in plants, and it could be taken out for more option from poplar, which can be a renewable resource for making bioproducts and biofuels.
According to Muchero, a biologist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, he said that they first thought it was a blunder because the enzyme does not require binding DNA to know its function. They repeated the experiment many times, and by seeing evidence in the data, the same gene indulged in producing amino acids which regulate the performance of genes which involved in lignin producing. He also said that this regulation is occurring at a top level in the overall biological system in the plant. The team found that the Poplar plants with some mutations created a low level of lignin across the tree ages and various environments.
Lignin provides sturdiness and fills the spaces in cell plants. Muchero and his expert team review the poplar genetics as a part of the center for bioenergy innovation. This improved method has to grow with low lignin content. Less lignin makes the plants break down quickly at the time of the industrial poplar to biofuels method. Based on this function the only thing to reduce the production of lignin is using the amino acid-producing enzyme, which will slow down its biological performance. Muchero said that the approach would be lethal, and it is the recipe used in common herbicides.
They have continued their research, and the scientists noted that the amino acid creating enzyme deviated from its expected journey through plant cells which contains chlorophyll, the molecule absorbs sunlight, plants which are giving their green color and taking carbon dioxide through photosynthesis.
Besides their work that discovered the additional part of the enzyme allowed to enter the nucleus, which is the brain center of plant and moonlight as for the gene expression it is a DNA binding regulator.