Arabidopsis SNARE protein SEC22 is essential for gametophyte development and maintenance of Golgi-stack integrity

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2011
Authors:El-Kasmi, F, Pacher, T, Strompen, G, Stierhof, Y-D, Müller, LM, Koncz, C, Mayer, U, Jürgens, G
Journal:The Plant Journal
Date Published:2011
ISBN Number:1365-313X
Keywords:endoplasmic reticulum, gametophyte, Golgi, membrane fusion, secretory pathway, SNARE

Membrane traffic contributes to plant growth and development. However, the functional significance of SNARE proteins involved in membrane fusion of the early secretory pathway has not been explored with respect to plant development. Here we analyze the Arabidopsis v-SNARE SEC22. Loss of SEC22 function impairs gametophyte development, as indicated by reciprocal crosses between wild-type plants and plants heterozygous for T-DNA insertions in the SEC22 gene. sec22 mutant pollen becomes abnormal during the bicellular stage, eventually giving rise to degenerated pollen grains. Most mutant embryo sacs fail to support embryogenesis and display unfused polar nuclei in their central cell. Immunolocalization by both light and electron microscopy revealed an association of mutant-complementing Myc-tagged SEC22 with the central and peripheral endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Ultrastructural analysis of developing sec22 mutant pollen demonstrated Golgi fragmentation and consumption. As a consequence, the plasma membrane-targeted syntaxin SYP124 was retained in the ER. Our results suggest that SEC22 plays an essential role in early secretory traffic between the ER and the Golgi.

Short Title:The Plant Journal
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