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New article published by Dr. Carme Rovira’s team on Nature Catalysis

Dr. Carme Rovira’s team have published a new article on Nature Catalysis:

Branching through ring contraction

The branched pentose sugar d -apiose forms borate ester-polysaccharide crosslinks essential for plant cell wall development. Here the authors elucidate the multi-step reaction mechanism of UDP-apiose/UDP-xylose synthase involving decarboxylation of the UDP- d -glucuronic acid precursor coupled to pyranosyl-to-furanosyl sugar ring contraction by using the enzyme crystal structures and computational simulations.

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