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Title: Fine-Tuning of the Cytoplasmic Ca2+ Concentration Is Essential for Pollen Tube Growth
Authors: Iwano, Megumi ×
Entani, Tetsuyuki
Shiba, Hiroshi
Kakita, Mituru
Nagai, Takeharu
Mizuno, Hideaki
Miyawaki, Atsushi
Shoji, Tsubasa
Kubo, Kenichi
Isogai, Akira
Takayama, Seiji #
Issue Date: Jul-2009
Publisher: American Society of Plant Biologists
Series Title: Plant Physiology vol:150 issue:3 pages:1322-1334
Abstract: Pollen tube growth is crucial for the delivery of sperm cells to the ovule during flowering plant reproduction. Previous in vitro imaging of Lilium longiflorum and Nicotiana tabacum has shown that growing pollen tubes exhibit a tip-focused Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]) gradient and regular oscillations of the cytosolic [Ca2+]([Ca2+](cyt)) in the tip region. Whether this [Ca2+] gradient and/or [Ca2+](cyt) oscillations are present as the tube grows through the stigma (in vivo condition), however, is still not clear. We monitored [Ca2+](cyt) dynamics in pollen tubes under various conditions using Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) and N. tabacum expressing yellow cameleon 3.60, a fluorescent calcium indicator with a large dynamic range. The tip-focused [Ca2+](cyt) gradient was always observed in growing pollen tubes. Regular oscillations of the [Ca2+](cyt), however, were rarely identified in Arabidopsis or N. tabacum pollen tubes grown under the in vivo condition or in those placed in germination medium just after they had grown through a style (semi-in vivo condition). On the other hand, regular oscillations were observed in vitro in both growing and nongrowing pollen tubes, although the oscillation amplitude was 5-fold greater in the nongrowing pollen tubes compared with growing pollen tubes. These results suggested that a submicromolar [Ca2+](cyt) in the tip region is essential for pollen tube growth, whereas a regular [Ca2+] oscillation is not. Next, we monitored [Ca2+] dynamics in the endoplasmic reticulum ([Ca2+](ER)) in relation to Arabidopsis pollen tube growth using yellow cameleon 4.60, which has a lower affinity for Ca2+ compared with yellow cameleon 3.60. The [Ca2+](ER) in pollen tubes grown under the semi-in vivo condition was between 100 and 500 mu M. In addition, cyclopiazonic acid, an inhibitor of ER-type Ca2+-ATPases, inhibited growth and decreased the [Ca2+](ER). Our observations suggest that the ER serves as one of the Ca2+ stores in the pollen tube and cyclopiazonic acid-sensitive Ca2+-ATPases in the ER are required for pollen tube growth.
ISSN: 0032-0889
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Molecular Imaging and Photonics
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