Plant Vacuoles pp 407-416 | Cite as

Intracellular Distribution of Organic and Inorganic Anions in Mesophyll Cells: Transport Mechanisms in the Tonoplast

  • Enrico Martinoia
  • Michael J. Schramm
  • Ulf-Ingo Flügge
  • Georg Kaiser
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 134)


Plants contain organic as well as inorganic ions. Both play an important role in metabolism. Malic acid accumulates in the vacuoles of CAM plants during the night, and this process is reversed during the daytime (Osmond and Holtum, 1981). In contrast, in leaves of C3 plants, vacuolar levels of malate are high at the end of the day and low in the morning (Gerhardt and Heldt, 1984). Both examples reflect the dynamics of vacuolar compartmentation.


Inorganic Anion Mesophyll Protoplast Vacuolar Storage Chloride Uptake Malate Transport 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Enrico Martinoia
    • 1
  • Michael J. Schramm
    • 1
  • Ulf-Ingo Flügge
    • 2
  • Georg Kaiser
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl Botanik I der UniversitätWürzburgGermany
  2. 2.Lehrstuhl für BiochemiePflanzen der UniversitätGöttingenGermany

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