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Cyst(e)ine is the transport metabolite of assimilated sulfur from bundle-sheath to mesophyll cells in maize leaves
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PMID:  9536048     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The intercellular distribution of the enzymes and metabolites of assimilatory sulfate reduction and glutathione synthesis was analyzed in maize (Zea mays L. cv LG 9) leaves. Mesophyll cells and strands of bundle-sheath cells from second leaves of 11-d-old maize seedlings were obtained by two different mechanical-isolation methods. Cross-contamination of cell preparations was determined using ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase (EC and nitrate reductase (EC as marker enzymes for bundle-sheath and mesophyll cells, respectively. ATP sulfurylase (EC and adenosine 5'-phosphosulfate sulfotransferase activities were detected almost exclusively in the bundle-sheath cells, whereas GSH synthetase (EC and cyst(e)ine, gamma-glutamylcysteine, and glutathione were located predominantly in the mesophyll cells. Feeding experiments using [35S]sulfate with intact leaves indicated that cyst(e)ine was the transport metabolite of reduced sulfur from bundle-sheath to mesophyll cells. This result was corroborated by tracer experiments, which showed that isolated bundle-sheath strands fed with [35S]sulfate secreted radioactive cyst(e)ine as the sole thiol into the resuspending medium. The results presented in this paper show that assimilatory sulfate reduction is restricted to the bundle-sheath cells, whereas the formation of glutathione takes place predominantly in the mesophyll cells, with cyst(e)ine functioning as a transport metabolite between the two cell types.
Burgener; Suter; Jones; Brunold
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Journal Detail:
Title:  Plant physiology     Volume:  116     ISSN:  1532-2548     ISO Abbreviation:  Plant Physiol.     Publication Date:  1998 Apr 
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Created Date:  1998-04-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0401224     Medline TA:  Plant Physiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  Eng     Pagination:  1315-22     Citation Subset:  -    
Institute of Plant Physiology, Altenbergrain 21, CH-3013 Berne, Switzerland.
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