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Planta. 2000 May;210(6):865-74.

Immunolocalization of LeAGP-1, a modular arabinogalactan-protein, reveals its developmentally regulated expression in tomato.

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Department of Environmental and Plant Biology, Ohio University, Athens 45701-2979, USA.


Arabinogalactan-proteins (AGPs) are highly glycosylated cell surface proteins that are thought to function in plant growth and development. The developmentally regulated expression of LeAGP-1, a novel and major AGP in tomato, was examined in different organs and tissues of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill. cv. UC82B) plants with an anti-peptide antibody (i.e. the PAP antibody) directed specifically against the lysine-rich subdomain of the LeAGP-1 core protein. During cell differentiation in tomato plants, LeAGP-1 was associated with cell wall thickening and lignification of particular cell types. Specifically, LeAGP-1 was detected in secondary wall thickenings of maturing metaxylem and secondary xylem tracheary elements in roots and stems, and in thickened cell walls of phloem sieve elements. However, LeAGP-1 was also present in thin-walled, cortical parenchyma cells of seedling roots as well as thick-walled collenchyma cells in young stems, both of which are not lignified. Based on these observed patterns, possible roles for LeAGP-1 in plant growth and development are discussed.

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