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Brown University

PcaV-Protocatechuate Complex

Caption: Researchers from Brown University unlocked the genetic and molecular mechanisms that enable Streptomyces bacteria to break down lignin, a component of plant biomass. The lignin-derived compound protocatechuate binds to a genetic inhibitor called PcaV, enabling the bacteria to produce enzymes to break down other lignin-derived compounds.

Credit: Sello Lab/Brown University

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