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Cell. 1999 Jun 11;97(6):743-54.

Simple, but not branched, plasmodesmata allow the nonspecific trafficking of proteins in developing tobacco leaves.

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Unit of Cell Biology, Scottish Crop Research Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee, United Kingdom.


Leaves undergo a sink-source transition during which a physiological change occurs from carbon import to export. In sink leaves, biolistic bombardment of plasmids encoding GFP-fusion proteins demonstrated that proteins with an Mr up to 50 kDa could move freely through plasmodesmata. During the sink-source transition, the capacity to traffic proteins decreased substantially and was accompanied by a developmental switch from simple to branched forms of plasmodesmata. Inoculation of sink leaves with a movement protein-defective virus showed that virally expressed GFP, but not viral RNA, was capable of trafficking between sink cells during infection. Contrary to dogma that plasmodesmata have a size exclusion limit below 1 kDa, the data demonstrate that nonspecific "macromolecular trafficking" is a general feature of simple plasmodesmata in sink leaves.

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