Most abundant protein

john markwell markwell at
Wed Jan 24 08:18:54 EST 1996

savidge at ("Rod Savidge") writes:

>> Well, I've heard that it's lignin, which is some protein that I believe
>> plays a structural role in wood, sort of as collagen does in animals.

>A note of clarification.  Lignin is no more of a protein than cellulose.
>Both are C H O polymers generated from glucose by enzymatic activity.
>Neither contains amino groups.
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A note of clarification.  Lignin is not a carbohydrate.  It is a 
polyphenolic made up of phenylpropane units.  

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