Sep 1, 1985

Phloem Unloading in Developing Leaves of Sugar Beet : I. Evidence for Pathway through the Symplast

Plant Physiology
J G Schmalstig, D R Geiger


Physiological and transport data are presented in support of a symplastic pathway of phloem unloading in importing leaves of Beta vulgaris L. (;Klein E multigerm'). The sulfhydryl reagent p-chloromercuribenzene sulfonic acid (PCMBS) at concentration of 10 millimolar inhibited uptake of exogenous [(14)C]sucrose by sink leaf tissue over sucrose concentrations of 0.1 to 5.0 millimolar. Inhibited uptake was 24% of controls. The same PCMBS treatment did not affect import of (14)C-label into sink leaves during steady state labeling of a source leaf with (14)CO(2). Lack of inhibition of import implies that sucrose did not pass through the free space during unloading. A passively transported xenobiotic sugar, l-[(14)C]glucose, imported by a sink leaf through the phloem, was evenly distributed throughout the leaf as seen by whole-leaf autoradiography. In contrast, l-[(14)C]glucose supplied to the apoplast through the cut petiole or into a vein of a sink leaf collected mainly in the vicinity of the major veins with little entering the mesophyll. These patterns are best explained by transport through the symplast from phloem to mesophyll.

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Biochemical Pathway
Beta vulgaris antigen
Beta vulgaris
Sulfhydryl Reagents
Metabolic Inhibition

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