In higher plants, pollen tubes and root hairs share an ancient growth process named tip growth. We have isolated three allelic Arabidopsis mutant lines showing kinky-shaped pollen tubes and, when homozygous, showing shorter and thicker root hairs. The ultrastructure of pollen tubes in these kinky pollen (kip) mutants is similar to that of the wild type; however, time-lapse studies suggest that aberrant pollen tube shape is caused by periodic growth arrests alternated with phases of tube axis reorientation. The KIP gene encodes a protein of 2587 amino acids that is predicted to be targeted to the secretory pathway. KIP mRNA was detected in all organs investigated but was most abundant in pollen and roots. KIP has putative homologues in many eukaryotes, including mammals and yeast, and is similar to the Arabidopsis SABRE gene, whose mutation causes a dwarf phenotype. The phenotype of the kip/sab double mutant suggests related functions for both genes, however, the KIP protein is mostly required for tip-growth.

KINKY POLLEN encodes a SABRE-like protein required for tip growth in Arabidopsis and conserved among eukaryotes / A. Procissi, E.S. Pierson, A. Guyon, A. Giritch, B. Knuiman, O. Grandjean, C. Tonelli, J. Derksen, G. Pelletier, S. Bonhomme. - In: PLANT JOURNAL. - ISSN 0960-7412. - 36:6(2003), pp. 894-904. [10.1046/j.1365-313X.2003.01933.x]

KINKY POLLEN encodes a SABRE-like protein required for tip growth in Arabidopsis and conserved among eukaryotes

A. Procissi
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C. Tonelli;
2003

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In higher plants, pollen tubes and root hairs share an ancient growth process named tip growth. We have isolated three allelic Arabidopsis mutant lines showing kinky-shaped pollen tubes and, when homozygous, showing shorter and thicker root hairs. The ultrastructure of pollen tubes in these kinky pollen (kip) mutants is similar to that of the wild type; however, time-lapse studies suggest that aberrant pollen tube shape is caused by periodic growth arrests alternated with phases of tube axis reorientation. The KIP gene encodes a protein of 2587 amino acids that is predicted to be targeted to the secretory pathway. KIP mRNA was detected in all organs investigated but was most abundant in pollen and roots. KIP has putative homologues in many eukaryotes, including mammals and yeast, and is similar to the Arabidopsis SABRE gene, whose mutation causes a dwarf phenotype. The phenotype of the kip/sab double mutant suggests related functions for both genes, however, the KIP protein is mostly required for tip-growth.
Arabidopsis thaliana; Pollen tube; Root hair; T-DNA; Tip growth
Settore BIO/18 - Genetica
2003
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