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The behavior of purified potato mitochondria toward the main effectors of the animal mitochondrial permeability transition has been studied by light scattering, fluorescence, SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, and immunoblotting techniques. The addition of Ca(2+) induces a phosphate-dependent swelling that is fully inhibited by cyclosporin A if(More)
The importance of lipid peroxidation and its contributing pathways (via reactive oxygen species and lipoxygenase) during post-anoxia was evaluated with respect to the biphasic behavior of membrane lipids under anoxia (A. Rawyler, D. Pavelic, C. Gianinazzi, J. Oberson, R. Brändle [1999] Plant Physiol 120: 293-300), using potato (Solanum tuberosum cv Bintje)(More)
Rapid pollen tube growth requires a high rate of sugar metabolism to meet energetic and biosynthetic demands. Previous work on pollen sugar metabolism showed that tobacco pollen carry out efficient ethanolic fermentation concomitantly with a high rate of respiration (Bucher et al., 1995). Here we show that the products of fermentation, acetaldehyde and(More)
The transmembrane distribution of monogalactosyldiacylglycerol and digalactosyldiacylglycerol was determined in chloroplast thylakoids from a range of temperate climate plants. These plants included dicotyledons, monocotyledons, C16:3 and C18:3 plants and herbicide-resistant species. In all the thylakoids examined monogalactosyldiacylglycerol was enriched(More)
This article reviews the relationship between the energy status of plant cells under O(2) stress (e.g. waterlogging) and the maintenance of membrane intactness, using information largely derived from suspension cultures of anoxia-intolerant potato cells. Energy-related parameters measured were fermentation end-products (ethanol, lactate, alanine),(More)
Some of the parameters that determine flooding resistance-and consequently habitat zonation-were investigated in four neotropical trees (Schizolobium parahyba, Sebastiania commersoniana, Erythrina speciosa and Sesbania virgata). The constitutive parameters of seeds (size, nature and amount of reserves) only partly influenced resistance to flooding, mainly(More)
The distribution of phospholipids over outer and inner layers of the plasma membranes of Friend erythroleukemic cells (Friend cells) and mature mouse erythrocytes has been determined. The various techniques which have been applied to establish the phospholipid localization include the following: phospholipase A2, phospholipase C, and sphingomyelinase C(More)
Three features of the heat shock response, reorganization of protein expression, intracellular accumulation of trehalose, and alteration in unsaturation degree of fatty acids were investigated in the thermophilic fungus Chaetomium thermophile and compared to the response displayed by a closely related mesophilic species, C. brasiliense. Thermophilic heat(More)
A minor phospholipid was isolated from potato (Solanum tuberosum L. cv Bintje) cells, chromatographically purified, and identified by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry as N-acylphosphatidylethanolamine (NAPE). The NAPE level was low in unstressed cells (13 +/- 4 nmol g fresh weight(-1)). According to acyl chain length, only 16/18/18 species (group(More)