Immunocytochemical evidence for the involvement of golgi apparatus in the deposition of seed lectin of Bauhinia purpurea (Leguminosae)

E. M. Herman, L. M. Shannon

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Abstract

The seed lectin of the tree legume, Bauhinia purpurea alba, was localized by electron microscopic immunocytochemistry. The pattern of lectin deposition and site of intracellular localization was examined in mid- to late-maturation seeds. The seed tissue was embedded in Lowicryl K4M, the use of which with seed tissues is discussed. Immunocytochemical labeling was accomplished with colloidal gold coupled to a second antibody. The immunocytochemical reaction was specific and sensitive. Protein bodies, Golgi apparatus and Golgi secretion vesicles were densely labeled. Golgi apparatus was oriented such that Golgi secretion vesicles were in close proximity to the protein bodies. The entire Golgi apparatus was labeled with no concentration gradient across the Golgi stack. These observations indicate that the final site of lectin deposition is the protein body, and that the Golgi apparatus plays an essential role in the deposition process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-170
Number of pages8
JournalProtoplasma
Volume121
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 1984
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bauhinia purpurea
  • Colloidial gold
  • Golgi apparatus
  • Immunocytochemistry
  • Lectin
  • Lowicryl K4M
  • Protein body

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology

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