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Methods Mol Biol. 2010;655:155-76. doi: 10.1007/978-1-60761-765-5_11.

Pollen tube development.

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Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA.


Pollen tubes grow rapidly in a strictly polarized manner as they transport male reproductive cells through female flower tissues to bring about fertilization. Vegetative pollen tube cells are an excellent model system to investigate processes underlying directional cell expansion. In this chapter, we describe materials and methods required for (1) the identification of novel factors essential for polarized cell growth through the isolation and analysis of Arabidopsis mutants with defects in pollen tube growth and (2) the detailed functional characterization of pollen tube proteins based on transient transformation and microscopic analysis of cultured tobacco pollen tubes.

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