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Protoplasma. 2001;215(1-4):218-25.

Motile tubular vacuoles in extramatrical mycelium and sheath hyphae of ectomycorrhizal systems.

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School of Biological Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia.


Extramatrical mycelium and outer hyphae of the sheath of Eucalyptus pilularis-Pisolithus tinctorius mycorrhizas contain abundant motile tubular vacuoles which accumulate the carboxyfluorescein analogue Oregon Green 488 carboxylic acid. The fluorochrome accumulates in a system of small vacuoles, tubules, and larger vacuoles, which are interlinked, motile, and pleiomorphic, in external hyphae, cords, and hyphae of the outer sheath. There is often a difference in fluorescence between two neighbouring cells, indicating that the dolipore septum exercises control on the movement of material between cells. Generally the motile tubular vacuole system in mycorrhizas resembles that previously found in isolated mycelium. The majority of fungal cells in the sheath contain no fluorochrome even after long exposure of the mycorrhiza to the solution, but with differential interference optics the cells are clearly seen to be alive and to contain vacuoles resembling those in the outer hyphae. In translocation experiments, long-distance transport of the fluorochrome is slow and slight, or even nonexistent in some cases.

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