J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 1980, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (2): -.

• Research Articles •    

Histochemical Localization of Several Enzymes in Early Young Embryo of Pinus tabulaeformis

Mu Xi-jin   

Abstract: Histochemical localization of adenosine triphosphatase, acid phosphatase and peroxidase in young embryo of Pinus tabulaeformis has been studied. All cells of the embryo proper showed very intense lead phosphate disposite with ATP in the Wachs- tein Meisel medium and with B-glyceropbosphate in Gomori medium. In the suspensor 1–3 suspensor cells closed to embryo proper appear blackening with both the ATP and the B-glycerophosphate, and other cells of the suspensor showed less adenosine triphosphatase and B-glyeerophosphatase. In the young embryo the peroxidase distribution may vary with the developmental stages of the young embryo, for instance cone-shaped embryo proper showed dark blue, and which peroxidase occupies only 1–2 suspensor cells closed to embryo proper. When the young embryo developed further into columnus-shape, the peroxidase was mainly distributed in regions of both the posterior part of embryo proper and just derived suspensor cells. However the anterior part of embryo proper showed slight peroxidase. The experimental results indicate that all of these enzymes mentioned above are mainly present in both the embryo proper and the connecting end of the suspensor, and that these regions show great matabolic activity. From the above mentioned observation, the possible relationship between the young embryo and near surrounding tissue during the development of embryo is discussed.

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