Journal of Plant Research

, Volume 130, Issue 6, pp 1061–1070 | Cite as

Chloroplast aggregation during the cold-positioning response in the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha

  • Hiroyuki Tanaka
  • Mayuko Sato
  • Yuka Ogasawara
  • Noriko Hamashima
  • Othmar Buchner
  • Andreas Holzinger
  • Kiminori Toyooka
  • Yutaka Kodama
Regular Paper


Under low-light conditions, chloroplasts localize along periclinal cell walls at temperatures near 20 °C, but they localize along anticlinal cell walls near 5 °C. This phenomenon is known as the cold-positioning response. We previously showed that chloroplasts move as aggregates rather than individually during the cold-positioning response in the fern Adiantum capillus-veneris. This observation suggested that chloroplasts physically interact with each other during the cold-positioning response. However, the physiological processes underlying chloroplast aggregation are unclear. In this report, we characterized chloroplast aggregation during the cold-positioning response in the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha. Confocal laser microscopy observations of transgenic liverwort plants expressing a fluorescent fusion protein that localizes to the chloroplast outer envelope membrane (OEP7-Citrine) showed that neighboring chloroplast membranes did not fuse during the cold-positioning response. Transmission electron microscopy analysis revealed that a distance of at least 10 nm was maintained between neighboring chloroplasts during aggregation. These results indicate that aggregated chloroplasts do not fuse, but maintain a distance of at least 10 nm from each other during the cold-positioning response.


Bryophytes Chloroplast aggregation Chloroplast movement Low temperature Outer envelope membrane Temperature-controlled microscopy 

Supplementary material

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Movie S1: Time-lapse observation of chloroplast movement during the avoidance response induced by high-intensity white light. Images were acquired at 1-min intervals for 5 h. Bar = 5 μm. (AVI 3928 KB)
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Movie S2: Time-lapse observation of chloroplast movement during the cold-positioning response under low-intensity white light conditions. Images were acquired at 5-min intervals for 12 h. Bar = 5 μm. (AVI 1534 KB)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiroyuki Tanaka
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mayuko Sato
    • 3
  • Yuka Ogasawara
    • 1
  • Noriko Hamashima
    • 1
  • Othmar Buchner
    • 4
  • Andreas Holzinger
    • 4
  • Kiminori Toyooka
    • 3
  • Yutaka Kodama
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Bioscience Research and EducationUtsunomiya UniversityTochigiJapan
  2. 2.Collaboration Center for Research and DevelopmentUtsunomiya UniversityTochigiJapan
  3. 3.Center for Sustainable Resource Science, RIKENKanagawaJapan
  4. 4.Institute of BotanyUniversity of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

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