Structural and Functional Rearrangements of Mesophyll as a Probable Basis for the Cytokinin-Dependent Assimilate Translocation in Detached Leaves

Structural and Functional Rearrangements of Mesophyll as a Probable Basis for the... The effects of benzyladenine (BA) on the mesophyll functioning, such as osmotic potential (ψ), the effect of the inhibitors of Н+-ATPase on the influx of 14C-sucrose, the direction of carbon metabolism, and the rate of dark respiration, were followed in the detached leaves of pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo L.) and broad beans (Vicia faba L.). BA elevated ψ and established a gradient of ψ (Δψp) between the treated and untreated leaf regions. The inhibitors of H+-ATPase did not affect the BA-induced influx of 14C-sucrose. The ψ changes were accompanied with the elevated synthesis of starch and other polymeric compounds and the diminished synthesis of the substances of relatively low molecular weight. The stimulation of dark respiration was short and inconsiderable. The author concludes that the BA-induced transport was a passive process related to a ψ increase. Leaf expansion accompanied by the synthesis of high-molecular-weight substances essential for cell growth and by starch synthesis apparently increased the sink capacity of the BA-treated detached leaves. The diminished efflux from the leaf blade was probably related to a lowered level of the transportable carbon compounds restricting their entry into the phloem. The influx induction could result from the activation of growth and metabolic processes, the decline in the number of organic molecules per cell volume unit, and the development of Δψp between the source and sink leaf regions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Russian Journal of Plant Physiology Springer Journals

Structural and Functional Rearrangements of Mesophyll as a Probable Basis for the Cytokinin-Dependent Assimilate Translocation in Detached Leaves

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2004 by MAIK “Nauka/Interperiodica”
Subject
Life Sciences; Plant Sciences
ISSN
1021-4437
eISSN
1608-3407
D.O.I.
10.1023/B:RUPP.0000028678.27415.52
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