To achieve fertilization, pollen tubes have to protect and properly deliver sperm cells through the pistil to the ovules. Pollen tube growth is a representative example of polarized growth where new components of the cell wall and plasma membrane are continuously deposited at the tip of the growing cell. The integrity of the cell wall is of fundamental importance to maintain apical growth. For this reason, pollen tube growth has become an excellent model to study the role of polysaccharides and structural cell wall proteins involved in polar cell expansion. However, quantification of structural polysaccharides at the pollen tube cell wall has been challenging due to technical complexity and the difficulty of finding specific dyes. Here, we propose simple methods for imaging and quantification of callose, pectin , and cellulose using specific dyes such as Aniline Blue, Propidium Iodide, and Pontamine Fast Scarlet 4B.
Áreas temáticas de ASJC Scopus
- Biología molecular