alexa Functional Implications of the Subcellular Localization of Ethylene-Induced Chitinase and [beta]-1,3-Glucanase in Bean Leaves.
Biochemistry

Biochemistry

Journal of Plant Biochemistry & Physiology

Author(s): Mauch F, Staehelin LA

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Abstract Plants respond to an attack by potentially pathogenic organisms and to the plant stress hormone ethylene with an increased synthesis of hydrolases such as chitinase and [beta]-1,3-glucanase. We have studied the subcellular localization of these two enzymes in ethylene-treated bean leaves by immunogold cytochemistry and by biochemical fractionation techniques. Our micrographs indicate that chitinase and [beta]-1,3-glucanase accumulate in the vacuole of ethylene-treated leaf cells. Within the vacuole label was found predominantly over ethylene-induced electron dense protein aggregates. A second, minor site of accumulation of [beta]-1,3-glucanase was the cell wall, where label was present nearly exclusively over the middle lamella surrounding intercellular air spaces. Both kinds of antibodies labeled Golgi cisternae of ethylene-treated tissue, suggesting that the newly synthesized chitinase and [beta]-1,3-glucanase are processed in the Golgi apparatus. Biochemical fractionation studies confirmed the accumulation in high concentrations of both chitinase and [beta]-1,3-glucanase in isolated vacuoles, and demonstrated that only [beta]-1,3-glucanase, but not chitinase, was present in intercellular washing fluids collected from ethylene-treated leaves. Based on these results and earlier studies, we propose a model in which the vacuole-localized chitinase and [beta]-1,3-glucanase are used as a last line of defense to be released when the attacked host cells lyse. The cell wall-localized [beta]-1,3-glucanase, on the other hand, would be involved in recognition processes, releasing defense activating signaling molecules from the walls of invading pathogens.
This article was published in Plant Cell and referenced in Journal of Plant Biochemistry & Physiology

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