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Planta. 2001 Sep;213(5):824-7.

Endoplasmic reticulum preprophase band in dividing root-tip cells of Pinus brutia.

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University of Athens, Faculty of Biology, Department of Botany, Greece.


In dividing root-tip cells of Pinus brutia Ten., immunolocalization of the luminal endoplasmic reticulum (ER) proteins, which have the C-terminal HDEL sequence, reveals that the ER is reorganized during the preprophase/prophase stage. Portions of ER were arrayed into a ring-like structure at the site of the microtubule preprophase band (Mt-PPB). This preprophase ER band (ER-PPB) resembles that of the Mt-PPB. The former undergoes a maturation process closely similar to that of the latter. Our data show that the PPB region has a more complex organization than is currently believed. The probable function(s) of the ER-PPB is discussed.

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