Actin and myosin during pollen germination


Actin and myosin from pollen tubes ofLilium davidii were studied by using imrnunoblotting, Dot-Blot and myosin Ca2+ -ATPase analysis. On immunoblotting of the total soluble pollen tube proteins, anti-α-actin antibody labelled a polypeptide approximately 43 ku, which is considered to be the actin of lily. The mRNA encoding actin in ungerminated pollen and germinated pollen were both undetectable in our experiments. A myosin exhibited Ca2+ -ATPase activity, with a native molecular weight of 460 ku has been identified by using immunoblotting. A polypeptide of about 205 ku and a polypeptide of about 20 ku were the heavy chain and a set of light chain of the myosin, which can crossreact with anti-skeletal muscle myosin heavy chain monoclonal antibody and anti-skeletal muscle myosin light chain (20 ku) monoclonal antibody, respectively. The Ca2+-ATPase activities of myosin in crude extracts of germinated pollen were pitively related to the growth rates of pollen tubes.

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Ren, D., Han, S. & Yan, L. Actin and myosin during pollen germination. Chin. Sci. Bull. 43, 690–694 (1998).

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  • pollen of lily
  • actin
  • myosin