Immunocytochemical localization of polygalacturonase during tracheary element differentiation in Zinnia elegans

Planta. 2004 Mar;218(5):729-39. doi: 10.1007/s00425-003-1167-4. Epub 2004 Jan 31.


Polygalacturonase (PG) is a cell wall-associated protein that degrades pectin. A ZePG1 cDNA encoding a putative PG was isolated from Zinnia elegens L. and a rabbit antibody specific to the ZePG1 protein was generated. The level of the ZePG1 protein was up-regulated when tracheary element differentiation was initiated. Using gold-labeled secondary antibodies for light and electron microscopy, ZePG1 protein was localized in cultured Zinnia cells. This protein was preferentially distributed on tracheary elements (TEs). At the subcellular level, the protein was localized on secondary wall thickenings, primary walls, Golgi bodies and vesicles. Thus, the putative role of the ZePG1 protein might be the degradation of pectic substances before lignification. Some non-TE cells also accumulated ZePG1 protein on primary walls, Golgi bodies and vesicles. The accumulation of ZePG1 protein on primary walls seems to be at the elongating tips of non-TE cells. In plants, ZePG1 protein was localized on the secondary wall thickenings of differentiating TEs and phloem regions. These results suggest that the expression of the ZePG1 protein is highly regulated both spatially and temporally during in vitro and in situ TE differentiation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Asteraceae / enzymology*
  • Asteraceae / genetics
  • Asteraceae / growth & development
  • Base Sequence
  • Biological Transport / genetics
  • Biological Transport / physiology
  • Cell Differentiation / genetics
  • Cell Differentiation / physiology
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Lignin / biosynthesis
  • Microscopy, Immunoelectron
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Plant Leaves / ultrastructure
  • Plant Proteins / genetics*
  • Plant Proteins / metabolism
  • Polygalacturonase / genetics
  • Polygalacturonase / metabolism*


  • Plant Proteins
  • Lignin
  • Polygalacturonase

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AB047928