PMID: 16667041Sep 1, 1989Paper

Cell Walls of Tobacco Cells and Changes in Composition Associated with Reduced Growth upon Adaptation to Water and Saline Stress

Plant Physiology
N M IrakiNicholas C. Carpita


The relative mass of the cell walls of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.) cells adapted to grow in medium containing 30% polyethylene glycol 8000 or 428 millimolar NaCl was reduced to about 50% of that of the walls of unadapted cells. Cellulose synthesis was inhibited substantially in adapted cells. The proportions of total pectin in walls of unadapted and adapted cells were about the same, but substantial amount of uronic acid-rich material from walls of cells adapted to either NaCl or polyethylene glycol was more easily extracted with cold sodium ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid solutions (NM Iraki et al. [1989] Plant Physiol. 91: 39-47). We examined the linkage composition of the pectic and hemicellulosic polysaccharides to ascertain chemical factors that may explain this difference in physical behavior. Adaptation to stress resulted in the formation of a loosely bound shell of polygalacturonic acid and rhamnogalacturonan. Pectins extracted from walls of adapted cells by either cold sodium ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid or hot ammonium oxalate were particularly enriched in rhamnose. Compared to pectins of unadapted cells, rhamnosyl units of the rhamnogalacturonans of adapted cells were more highly substituted with polymers con...Continue Reading


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