Journal Article

Application of Lifeact Reveals F-Actin Dynamics in <i>Arabidopsis thaliana</i> and the Liverwort, <i>Marchantia polymorpha</i>

Atsuko Era, Motoki Tominaga, Kazuo Ebine, Chie Awai, Chieko Saito, Kimitsune Ishizaki, Katsuyuki T. Yamato, Takayuki Kohchi, Akihiko Nakano and Takashi Ueda

in Plant and Cell Physiology

Published on behalf of Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists

Volume 50, issue 6, pages 1041-1048
Published in print June 2009 | ISSN: 0032-0781
Published online April 2009 | e-ISSN: 1471-9053 | DOI:
Application of Lifeact Reveals F-Actin Dynamics in Arabidopsis thaliana and the Liverwort, Marchantia polymorpha

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Actin plays fundamental roles in a wide array of plant functions, including cell division, cytoplasmic streaming, cell morphogenesis and organelle motility. Imaging the actin cytoskeleton in living cells is a powerful methodology for studying these important phenomena. Several useful probes for live imaging of filamentous actin (F-actin) have been developed, but new versatile probes are still needed. Here, we report the application of a new probe called Lifeact for visualizing F-actin in plant cells. Lifeact is a short peptide comprising 17 amino acids that was derived from yeast Abp140p. We used a Lifeact–Venus fusion protein for staining F-actin in Arabidopsis thaliana and were able to observe dynamic rearrangements of the actin meshwork in root hair cells. We also used Lifeact–Venus to visualize the actin cytoskeleton in the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha; this revealed unique and dynamic F-actin motility in liverwort cells. Our results suggest that Lifeact could be a useful tool for studying the actin cytoskeleton in a wide range of plant lineages.

Keywords: Actin; Arabidopsis thaliana; Lifeact; Liverwort; Marchantia polymorpha

Journal Article.  3525 words.  Illustrated.

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

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