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Planta. 1992 May;187(2):242-6. doi: 10.1007/BF00201946.

Inter- and intracellular distribution of amino acids and other metabolites in maize (Zea mays L.) leaves.

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Institut für Biochemie der Pflanze, Universität Göttingen, Untere Karspüle 2, W-3400, Göttingen, Federal Republic of Germany.


In illuminated maize (Zea mays L.) leaves, the distribution of triose phosphates, 3-phosphoglycerate, malate and various amino acids between the chloroplastic and the extrachloroplastic compartments of mesophyll and bundle-sheath cells, and the total vacuolar fraction of the leaves, was determined by a combination of previously published methods, for separating mesophyll from bundle-sheath material, and for nonaqueous subcellular fractionation. The results show that the triose phosphate/3-phosphoglycerate ratio in the extrachloroplastic fraction of the mesophyll cells is about 20-fold higher than in the bundle-sheath cells, which is in accordance with a triose phosphate/phosphoglycerate shuttle postulated previously. Whereas the vacuolar compartment was shown to contain most of the cellular malate, amino acids were found to be almost absent from this compartment. The amino-acid pattern in the extrachloroplastic fraction of the bundle-sheath cells largely resembled the pattern in whole leaves. These results show that for future studies the analysis of amino-acid contents in whole maize leaves can be used as a measure for the amino-acid levels in the cytosol of bundle-sheath cells.


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