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Osmotic Stress Suppresses Cell Wall Stiffening and the Increase in Cell Wall-Bound Ferulic and Diferulic Acids in Wheat Coleoptiles.
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PMID:  12223657     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The relationship between the mechanical properties of cell walls and the levels of wall-bound ferulic (FA) and diferulic (DFA) acids was investigated in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) coleoptiles grown under osmotic stress (60 mM polyethylene glycol [PEG] 4000) conditions. The cell walls of stressed coleoptiles remained extensible compared with those of the unstressed ones. The contents of wall-bound FA and DFA increased under unstressed conditions, but the increase was substantially reduced by osmotic stress. In response to PEG removal, these contents increased and reached almost the same levels as those of the unstressed coleoptiles. A close correlation was observed between the contents of FA and DFA and the mechanical properties of cell walls. The activities of phenylalanine ammonia-lyase and tyrosine ammonia-lyase increased rapidly under unstressed conditions. Osmotic stress substantially reduced the increases in enzyme activities. When PEG was removed, however, the enzyme activities increased rapidly. There was a close correlation between the FA levels and enzyme activities. These results suggest that in osmotically stressed wheat coleoptiles, reduced rates of increase in phenylalanine ammonia-lyase and tyrosine ammonia-lyase activities suppress phenylpropanoid biosynthesis, resulting in the reduced level of wall-bound FA that, in turn, probably causes the reduced level of DFA and thereby maintains cell wall extensibility.
K. Wakabayashi; T. Hoson; S. Kamisaka
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Journal Detail:
Title:  Plant physiology     Volume:  113     ISSN:  1532-2548     ISO Abbreviation:  Plant Physiol.     Publication Date:  1997 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-Sep-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0401224     Medline TA:  Plant Physiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  967-973     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Osaka City University, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka 558, Japan.
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