The effect of the inhibitors of calcium channels on red-light (R)-mediated inhibition of gravitropic bending was studied in excised wheat (Triticum aestivumL.) coleoptiles. The effect of a short R pulse (2 min) preceding the gravitropic stimulation was completely alleviated by a similar pulse of far-red light (FR), when the latter preceded the gravitropic stimulation and the delay between R and FR pulses did not exceed 20 min. Plant memory of the R pulse lasted up to 40 min. Neither R nor FR exerted any effect on the gravitropic reaction when applied after gravitropic stimulation. Treatment with 1 μM of verapamil, LaCl3, GdCl3, or ruthenium red before the gravitropic stimulation prevented or released the R-exerted suppression of the gravitropic response (GR). The GR in coleoptiles is apparently regulated by the phytochrome system at the induction phase and involves calcium channels.
Russian Journal of Plant Physiology – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 10, 2004
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