Studies on the longitudinal and lateral transport of IAA in the shoots of etiolated corn seedlings

J Plant Physiol. 1992 Aug;140(3):310-8. doi: 10.1016/s0176-1617(11)81084-9.


The auxin, indole-3-acetic acid, and the symplastic probe, carboxyfluorescein diacetate, were applied to the cut mesocotyl base or coleoptile apex of etiolated Zea mays seedlings and their transport measured and tissue distribution determined. The longitudinal transport of indole-3-acetate was strongly basipolar, while that of carboxyfluorescein was essentially apolar. The longitudinal transport of IAA, like carboxyfluorescein, was mainly in the stele. IAA exhibited a much higher lateral mobility from stele to cortex than did carboxyfluorescein. Based on the calculation of moles probe/kg fw, IAA is 4 times more concentrated in the stele than in the cortex while CF is 24 times higher in concentration in the stele than in the cortex. The structure of the node and the mesocotyl regions just below the node, regions of maximum growth, were examined and plasmodesmatal structure and frequency in these regions determined. The plasmodesmatal frequency, about 3 per micrometer2, between all cell types of the mesocotyl was found to be about 5-8 fold higher than that found for the root. Hypotheses of lateral auxin transport are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Biological Transport
  • Cotyledon / metabolism*
  • Cotyledon / ultrastructure
  • Darkness
  • Fluoresceins / pharmacokinetics
  • Gravity Sensing / physiology
  • Indoleacetic Acids / pharmacokinetics*
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Plant Shoots / metabolism*
  • Plant Shoots / ultrastructure*
  • Zea mays / metabolism*
  • Zea mays / ultrastructure


  • Fluoresceins
  • Indoleacetic Acids
  • carboxyfluoresceindiacetate
  • 6-carboxyfluorescein
  • indoleacetic acid