Intracellular localization of phytochrome in Robinia pseudoacacia pulvini.

PMID 11556789


The intracellular localization of phytochrome in the pulvini of Robinia pseudoacacia L. was analyzed by immunogold electron microscopy after red (R; 15 min) and far-red (FR; 5 min) irradiation 2 h after the beginning of the photoperiod. Screening of the available antibodies by immunoblotting demonstrated that none of the oat (Avena sativa L.) anti-phytochrome A (phy A) monoclonal antibodies) (MAbs) detected Robinia phytochrome. A putative Robinia phy A was detected by immunoblotting using a MAb to mustard (Sinapis alba L.) phy A (CP 2/9). No cross-reactivity was observed in blots probed with a MAb against Cucumis sativus L. phy B (mAT1). Ultrathin sections of LR White resin-embedded pulvini were immunolabelled with CP 2/9 MAb. The labelling was restricted to cortical cells and there was no evidence of labelling either in the vascular system or in the epidermis. The pattern of labelling was the same in both extensor and flexor cells irrespective of whether phytochrome was in the far-red-absorbing (Pfr) state or had reverted to the red-absorbing (Pr) form. Isolated labels and clusters of labels were randomly distributed throughout the cytoplasm. Gold particles were also found in the interior of nuclei, chloroplasts and mitochondria.