This work was supported by USDA grant 96-35-304 3732 to T. N. and NIH grant GM53137 to L. S. Thank you for your interest in spreading the word on Development. For rice leaf, 5× enzyme cocktail was used. While the function of mesophyll cells, guard cells, phloem companion cells and sieve elements are clearly described, this is not the case for the bundle sheath (BS). Scanning electron microscopy alone is impractical for PD quantification because only a small portion of the entire cell interface can be captured at one time. Of 523 minor veins scored in cross section at comparable positions in the leaf, 62 (12%) had more than 10 associated ectopic BS-like cells, 178 (34%) had 5-10 such cells, 94 (18%) had 2-5 such cells, and 189 (36%) exhibited no ectopic BS-like cells. Between M and BS cells, the C4 species had up to 9 times more PD per cell interface area (S. viridis had 9.3 ± 0.2 PD µm−2; maize had 7.5 ± 0.2 PD µm−2) than the C3 species (rice had 1.0 ± 0.1 PD µm−2; wheat had 2.6 ± 0.1 PD µm−2) (Table 1). bundle sheath cells A layer of cells in plant leaves and stems that forms a sheath surrounding the vascular bundles. It may be that when a cell is stimulated to divide but daughter cells of appropriate shape or volume are not produced because the new cell wall is misoriented, one or both daughters can respond again to the same stimulus and re-enter the cell cycle. However, this idea is challenged by the observation, investigated here, that in the maize tangled1 (tan1) mutant, clusters of BS-like cells extend various distances from veins. Both phloem and xylem are present in vascular bundles, although the number and orientation of the vascular elements is variable compared to the regular pattern in wild-type leaves. The activities of nitrate-assimilating enzymes, except for nitrate reductase, were high enough to account for the proposed in vivo rates of nitrate assimilation. Prior to the development of the method described here, TEM was routinely used to provide semiquantitative data on PD distribution and density. The initial fixation of carbon dioxide to form malic acid takes place in the palisade mesophyll cells, which in C4 plants form a circle around the bundle sheath. BS cells are close to cylindrical in shape and arranged in cell files, enclosing the vascular tissue. in vasculature or bundle sheath (BS) cells rather than the mes-ophyll (M) cells where the mutant phenotype is manifested. S.v.C. To provide insight into the role of the BS in the C 3 species Arabidopsis thaliana,we By combining the values for PD per µm2 pitfield with pitfield area per cell interface area, we could calculate PD density per cell interface area (Table 1). Sections for plastic-embedding were rinsed 3 times in 100% polypropylene oxide after ethanol dehydration and infiltrated overnight at room temperature in a 1:1 mixture of polypropylene oxide:Spurr’s resin (Electron Microscope Sciences). Transverse sections of leaves of the two C3 species (rice [Oryza sativa] and wheat [Triticum aestivum]) showed that, as is typical for C3 plants, the chloroplasts were abundant in M cells with very few or no chloroplasts visible in BS cells (Figures 1A to 1D). In fact, one of the earliest studies that made use of scanning electron microscopy in tandem with TEM looked into the PD frequency at the M-BS cell interface in C4 species (Olesen, 1975), but these measurements covered only a small portion of the leaf. We are now welcoming submissions to our next Special Issue, which will focus on the innovative use of advanced imaging techniques to further our understanding of developmental and regenerative processes. All tissue was embedded in Paraplast Plus for this experiment. 2 μm sections of the plastic-embedded material were made on a Sorvall MT-2 ultramicrotome using a glass knife. 5C,D). The values in Table 2 will actually underestimate the malate/aspartate and pyruvate/alanine fluxes required to support these net rates of photosynthesis by ∼20%. Our new and interactive developmental biology webinar series continues: we invite three first authors to present their latest research and take part in a live Q&A session. This confirms previous observations in maize and Stenotaphrum secundatum that it is relatively common for the procambial/BS lineage to be derived from multiple ground cells (Dengler et al., 1985; Langdale et al., 1989; Nelson and Dengler, 1992; Bosabalidis et al., 1994; Sud and Dengler, 2000). tan1 mutants exhibit abnormally oriented divisions and a reduction in normally oriented divisions in both the transverse and longitudinal directions. In leaves of the maize tangled1 (tan1) mutant, clusters of bundle sheath (BS)-like cells extend several cells distant from the veins, in association with … Bundle sheath cells are a layer of cells in plant leaves and stems, that forms a sheath surrounding the vascular bundles. 1. In recent work using reaction diffusion modeling, Wang et al. A similar distribution of sectors was observed in the tan1 leaves (Table 1; Fig. A third interpretation, that the marked BS cells were generated from a non-procambial lineage, is unlikely because the sectors included, in cross section, several of the BS cells surrounding the vein, but only a single M cell. 4A,B). This generates high metabolic fluxes between these cells, through interconnecting plasmodesmata (PD). tan1 was originally described in reference to the altered cell division orientations and frequencies that were observed in the leaves (Smith et al., 1996). © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists. Sections were dried on slides at 60°C, then stained with 1% Toluidine Blue, 1% borax at 60°C for 3 minutes. NOTE: We only request your email address so that the person you are recommending the page to knows that you wanted them to see it, and that it is not junk mail. the bundle sheath cells in C3 plants are arranged in columns just beneath the upper epidermis, while those in … BS cell-specific localization of the ME antibody in sections of (A) wild type and (C) tan1, including localization in the ectopic cell clusters. The values obtained here for PD area as a proportion of M-BS cell interface area equate to between 5.4% ± 0.06 and 6.2% ± 0.07% of the cell/cell interface (Table 1) and are at the higher end of values used in models to date. A few common isobilateral leaves have been selected for the study of internal structures. Here stomata occur on both the epidermal layers, though they are more abundant on the abaxial side. There have been very few reports quantifying PD density at the M-BS cell interface in C4 (or C3) plants (Olesen, 1975). Maximum intensity projections generated a single in-focus image that captured all the pitfield signals within that cell interface. Isobilateral Leaves: These leaves are common in the monocotyledons. 3A), and PEPCase accumulates only in cytosol of mature M cells (Fig. Cell volume and shape may be important factors that influence cell cycle activity (Jacobs, 1997). A subset of 10 to 30 consecutive single focal planes was derived from the 3D confocal image z-stack to reveal BS cell surfaces in contact with M cells and M cell surfaces in contact with adjacent M cells (Leica Application Suite X software; Supplemental Figure 2). (D) Corresponding binary image of (C) after processing (Supplemental Figure 2). in an internode. In C4 species, the flux rate of C4 acids into the bundle sheath has to equal or slightly exceed the CO2 assimilation rate. Arrows point to BS cells in wild-type (C) and ectopic BS cell clusters in the tan1 mutant (D). By contrast, M cells are irregularly shaped and in most cases arranged less regularly with air spaces in between. In leaves of the maize tangled1 (tan1) mutant, clusters of bundle sheath (BS)-like cells extend several cells distant from the veins, in association with the single layer of BS cells around the vein. These two factors combined resulted in C4 species having higher PD density per cell interface area compared with C3 species, consistent with the findings of Botha (1992). However, C4 species were found to have twice as much BS surface area per unit leaf area (Sb) compared with C3 species (Table 2). with mesophyll and bundle-sheath cells in two concentric layers. Whole leaves were cut into 10-mm strips and fixed in 4% paraformaldehyde and 0.2% glutaraldehyde in 25 mM sodium phosphate buffer, pH 7.2, overnight at 4°C. We are aware that the COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on researchers worldwide. Measurements using 3D immunolocalization images revealed that not only did C4 species have higher PD frequency within pitfields but they also had more abundant pitfields on cell interfaces (Figure 8, Table 1). The gel solution was polymerized by incubating in a 37°C water bath overnight. The box and whisker represent the 25 to 75 percentile and minimum-maximum distributions of the data, respectively. The cell walls of the BS abutting the M are thickened and often heavily suberized, and it has been argued that this barrier serves to minimize CO2 leakage from the site of decarboxylation (Hatch, 1987; von Caemmerer and Furbank, 2003). However, regardless of how many times it divides, only one guard cell pair is formed by each meristemoid (Kagan et al., 1992; Larkin et al., 1997). A layer of suberin [7] is often deposed at the level of the middle lamella (tangential interface between mesophyll and bundle sheath) in order to reduce the apoplastic diffusion of CO the bundle sheath cells in C3 plants have chloroplasts, while those in C4 plants do not. Plasmodesmograms provide semiquantitative data on symplastic connectivity between cells, based on PD that can be detected using TEM and yield values in relative units (Botha and Evert, 1988; Botha, 1992; Botha and van Bel, 1992). Os, Oryza sativa; Ta, Triticum aestivum; Sv, Setaria viridis; Zm, Zea mays. The issue will be published mid-2021 and the deadline for submissions is 31 March 2021. This apparent prolongation of cell divisions produces supernumerary populations of several other cell types in tan1 leaves, including midrib clear cells, vascular cells and epidermal cells (data not shown), with late cells generally being smaller than normal. 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