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Type: Journal article
Title: Nonselective currents and channels in plasma membranes of protoplasts from coats of developing seeds of bean
Author: Zhang, W.
Skerrett, M.
Walker, N.
Patrick, J.
Tyerman, S.
Citation: Plant Physiology, 2002; 128(2):388-399
Publisher: Amer Soc Plant Physiologists
Issue Date: 2002
ISSN: 0032-0889
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Wen-Hao Zhang, Martha Skerrett, N. Alan Walker, John W. Patrick, and Stephen D. Tyerman
Abstract: In developing bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) seeds, phloem-imported nutrients move in the symplast from sieve elements to the ground parenchyma cells where they are transported across the plasma membrane into the seed apoplast. To study the mechanisms underlying this transport, channel currents in ground parenchyma protoplasts were characterized using patch clamp. A fast-activating outward current was found in all protoplasts, whereas a slowly activating outward current was observed in approximately 25% of protoplasts. The two currents had low selectivity for univalent cations, but the slow current was more selective for K(+) over Cl(-) (P(K):P(Cl) = 3.6-4.2) than the fast current (P(K):P(Cl) = 1.8-2.5) and also displayed Ca(2+) selectivity. The slow current was blocked by Ba(2+), whereas both currents were blocked by Gd(3+) and La(3+). Efflux of K(+) from seed coat halves was inhibited 25% by Gd(3+) and La(3+) but was stimulated by Ba(2+) and Cs(+), suggesting that only the fast current may be a component in the pathway for K(+) release. An "instantaneous" inward current observed in all protoplasts exhibited similar pharmacology and permeability for univalent cations to the fast outward current. In outside-out patches, two classes of depolarization-activated cation-selective channels were observed: one slowly activating of low conductance (determined from nonstationary noise to be 2.4 pS) and another with conductances 10-fold higher. Both channels occurred at high density. The higher conductance channel in 10 mM KCl had P(K):P(Cl) = 2.8. Such nonselective channels in the seed coat ground parenchyma cell could function to allow some of the efflux of phloem-imported univalent ions into the seed apoplast.
Keywords: Cell Membrane; Protoplasts; Phaseolus; Seeds; Gadolinium; Lanthanum; Cesium; Potassium; Barium; Calcium; Tetraethylammonium; Ion Channels; Chloride Channels; Potassium Channels; Calcium Channel Blockers; Cell Membrane Permeability; Ion Transport; Biological Transport, Active; Membrane Potentials; Kinetics; Bridged Bicyclo Compounds
RMID: 0020065129
DOI: 10.1104/pp.010566
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