J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2009, Vol. 51 ›› Issue (8): 792-799.DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7909.2009.00851.x

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Oil Body Biogenesis during Brassica napus Embryogenesis

Yu-Qing He and Yan Wu*   

  1. 1 Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education for Plant Developmental Biology, College of Life Science, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China)
  • Received:2009-04-02 Accepted:2009-05-14 Published:2009-08-17
  • About author: *Author for correspondence. Tel(Fax): +86 27 6875 3805; E-mail: wuy@whu.edu.cn


Although the oil body is known to be an important membrane enclosed compartment for oil storage in seeds, we have little understanding about its biogenesis during embryogenesis. In the present study we investigated the oil body emergence and variations in Brassica napus cv. Topas. The results demonstrate that the oil bodies could be detected already at the heart stage, at the same time as the embryos began to turn green, and the starch grains accumulated in the chloroplast stroma. In comparison, we have studied the development of oil bodies between Arabidopsis thaliana wild type (Col) and the low-seed-oil mutant wrinkled1–3. We observed that the oil body development in the embryos of Col is similar to that of B. napus cv. Topas, and that the size of the oil bodies was obviously smaller in the embryos of wrinkled1–3. Our results suggest that the oil body biogenesis might be coupled with the embryo chloroplast.

He YQ, Wu Y (2009). Oil body biogenesis during Brassica napus embryogenesis. J. Integr. Plant Biol. 51(8), 792–799.

Key words: Arabidopsis thaliana, Brassica napus, chloroplast, embryogenesis, oil body.

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