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Title: The putative Arabidopsis homolog of yeast vps52p is required for pollen tube elongation, localizes to Golgi, and might be involved in vesicle trafficking.
Authors: Lobstein, E
Guyon, A
Férault, M
Twell, D
Pelletier, G
Bonhomme, S
First Published: Jul-2004
Citation: PLANT PHYSIOL, 2004, 135 (3), pp. 1480-1490
Abstract: The screening of the Versailles collection of Arabidopsis T-DNA transformants allowed us to identify several male gametophytic mutants, including poky pollen tube (pok). The pok mutant, which could only be isolated as a hemizygous line, exhibits very short pollen tubes, explaining the male-specific transmission defect observed in this line. We show that the POK gene is duplicated in the Arabidopsis genome and that the predicted POK protein sequence is highly conserved from lower to higher eukaryotes. The putative POK homolog in yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), referred to as Vps52p/SAC2, has been shown to be located at the late Golgi and to function in a complex with other proteins, Vps53p, Vps54p, and Vps51p. This complex is involved in retrograde trafficking of vesicles between the early endosomal compartment and the trans-Golgi network. We present the expression patterns of the POK gene and its duplicate P2 in Arabidopsis, and of the putative Arabidopsis homologs of VPS53 and VPS54 of yeast. We show that a POK::GFP fusion protein localizes to Golgi in plant cells, supporting the possibility of a conserved function for Vps52p and POK proteins. These results, together with the expression pattern of the POK::GUS fusion and the lack of plants homozygous for the pok mutation, suggest a more general role for POK in polar growth beyond the pollen tube elongation process.
DOI Link: 10.1104/pp.103.037747
ISSN: 0032-0889
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Biology

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