Journal Article

Blue-Light-Dependent Osmoregulation in Protoplasts of <i>Phaseolus vulgaris</i> Pulvini

Xiaojing Wang, Ken Haga, Yuichiro Nishizaki and Moritoshi Iino

in Plant and Cell Physiology

Published on behalf of Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists

Volume 42, issue 12, pages 1363-1372
Published in print December 2001 | ISSN: 0032-0781
Published online December 2001 | e-ISSN: 1471-9053 | DOI:
Blue-Light-Dependent Osmoregulation in Protoplasts of Phaseolus vulgaris Pulvini

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Blue light was found to induce shrinkage of the protoplasts isolated from first-leaf lamina pulvini of 18-day-old Phaseolus vulgaris. The response was transient following pulse stimulation, while it was sustainable during continuous stimulation. No apparent difference was found between flexor and extensor protoplasts. Protoplasts of the petiolar segment located close to the pulvinus showed no detectable response. In the plants used, the pulvinus was fully matured and the petiole was ceasing its elongation growth. When younger, 12-day-old, plants were used, however, the petiolar protoplasts did respond to blue light. The pulse-induced response was similar to that in pulvinar protoplasts, although the response to continuous stimulation was transient and differed from that in pulvinar protoplasts. No shrinkage was induced in pulvinar protoplasts when the far-red-light-absorbing form of phytochrome was absent for a period before blue-light stimulation, indicating that the blue-light responsiveness is strictly controlled by phytochrome. Inhibitors of anion channels and H+-ATPase abolished the shrinking response, supporting the view that protoplasts shrink by extruding ions. The response of pulvinar protoplasts is probably involved in the blue-light-induced, turgor-based movement of pulvini. The blue-light responding system in pulvini is suggested to have evolved from that functioning in other growing organs.

Keywords: Key words: Blue-light response — Ion transport — Petioles — Phaseolus vulgaris — Protoplasts — Pulvini.

Journal Article.  7237 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biochemistry ; Molecular and Cell Biology ; Plant Sciences and Forestry

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