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Tissue Cell. 1975;7(2):227-42.

Structure and development of P-protein in phloem parenchyma and companion cells of legumes.


Phloem parenchyma and companion cells from four species of legumes, Phaseolus vulgaris L., Melilotus alba Desr., Desmodium canadense, L. and Dolichos lablab L., were examined electron microscopically to estabish the presence, structure and development of P-protein. P-protein components consisting of granular, fibrillar, tubular or crystalline structures were found in parenchyma cells of all species and in companion cells of M. alba. The earliest stages of P-protein formation were closely associated with dictyosome cisternae, dictyosome vesicles and/or spiny vesicles. After their formation, the P-protein bodies were frequently transformed into one or more structurally different components. Although these components appeared to be develop-mentally related, their specific associations and transformations differed in each species examined.

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