What is it about?
Diatoms are major primary producers in the marine environment that make ornate cell walls out of silica. We show how a molecular proton pump regulates acidity inside the cell to control the production and detailed architecture of these cell walls.
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Why is it important?
Diatoms are major primary producers on earth and their growth is dependent on the construction of their silica cell walls. We have determined at the V-type proton pump is responsible for acidifying the subcellular site of cell wall synthesis and promotes the formation of the cell wall.
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This page is a summary of: Dynamic subcellular translocation of V‐type H
‐ATPase is essential for biomineralization of the diatom silica cell wall, New Phytologist, November 2019, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/nph.16329.
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