• Involvement of the sieve element cytoskeleton in electrical responses to cold shocks.

Involvement of the sieve element cytoskeleton in electrical responses to cold shocks.

Plant physiology (2013-04-30)
Jens B Hafke, Katrin Ehlers, Jens Föller, Sabina-Roxana Höll, Stefanie Becker, Aart J E van Bel

This study dealt with the visualization of the sieve element (SE) cytoskeleton and its involvement in electrical responses to local cold shocks, exemplifying the role of the cytoskeleton in Ca(2+)-triggered signal cascades in SEs. High-affinity fluorescent phalloidin as well as immunocytochemistry using anti-actin antibodies demonstrated a fully developed parietal actin meshwork in SEs. The involvement of the cytoskeleton in electrical responses and forisome conformation changes as indicators of Ca(2+) influx was investigated by the application of cold shocks in the presence of diverse actin disruptors (latrunculin A and cytochalasin D). Under control conditions, cold shocks elicited a graded initial voltage transient, ΔV1, reduced by external La(3+) in keeping with the involvement of Ca(2+) channels, and a second voltage transient, ΔV2. Cytochalasin D had no effect on ΔV1, while ΔV1 was significantly reduced with 500 nm latrunculin A. Forisome dispersion was triggered by cold shocks of 4°C or greater, which was indicative of an all-or-none behavior. Forisome dispersion was suppressed by incubation with latrunculin A. In conclusion, the cytoskeleton controls cold shock-induced Ca(2+) influx into SEs, leading to forisome dispersion and sieve plate occlusion in fava bean (Vicia faba).

Product Number
Product Description

Anti-Mouse IgG (whole molecule)–Gold antibody produced in goat, affinity isolated antibody, aqueous glycerol suspension, 5 nm (colloidal gold)
Anti-Actin Antibody, clone C4, ascites fluid, clone C4, Chemicon®